A conservation biologist from Ottawa who's fascinated by birds has written a book about being one.

Robert Alvo fell in love with birds after his family moved from Montreal to Greece. When he came back to Canada, he continued to pursue his passion for winged wildlife.

Being a Bird in North America includes information about more than 200 species of birds. The book includes cartoons, photos and conservation information.

Robert Alvo author Ottawa December 2015

Author Robert Alvo says it took him 12 years to write the book Being a Bird in North America. (CBC News)

Alvo spoke with Our Ottawa host Adrian Harewood this week about the book and his love of birds. You can listen to an excerpt from their chat in the video player above.

Alvo will also be a guest on CBC Radio's In Town and Out on Saturday at about 8:15 a.m.

Our Ottawa, CBC Television's weekly magazine program, airs this Saturday at 12 p.m. and both Sunday and Monday at 11 a.m.

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