One Planet, 243 Families, 375 Million Years


The Wall of Birds tells the remarkable story of artist Jane Kim’s 2,500 square-foot mural celebrating the diversity and evolution of birds at The Cornell Lab of Ornithology. The mural, which took two-and-a-half years to create, is the only one in the world to showcase all 243 modern families of birds, with each creature painted life size, from the tiny Marvelous Spatuletail hummingbird to the 30-foot Yutyrannus. Throughout the book, vivid narratives and intimate artistic reflections tell of the evolutionary forces that created birds’ dazzling variety of forms and colors, and reveal powerful lessons about birds that are surprisingly relevant to contemporary human challenges. The Wall of Birds is essential reading for those who love art, birds, and our natural world.