Bird Bingo

Most of us are familiar with bingo cries of ’88, two fat ladies’ or ‘legs 11.’

Bird Bingo set
Bird Bingo set

 But it’s unlikely that even the most hardened bingoer would have encountered such calls as, ‘Mute Swan, 21’, ‘Little Emu, 22’, or ‘Blue Coua, number two.’

Cardinal
Cardinal

However, the beautiful new Bird Bingo set launching next month may well change that.

Blue footed booby
Blue footed booby

Illustrated by Christine Berrie and published by Laurence King in conjunction with Magma, the gorgeous game features 64 species of birds from around the world – from the common swan and robin to the more unusual blue footed booby (the DW favorite) and the splendid fairywren.

European bee eater
European bee eater

The rules are simple: the caller chooses a token from the bag, calls out the bird, and the players then mark it off their birdie bingo cards using brightly coloured counters for marking up a line, two lines or a full house.

Greater flamingo
Greater flamingo

There’s also a guide to the different species meaning that if players fancy a more challenging game, the caller can describe the species rather than naming the bird, testing players’ avian knowledge as well as their concentration.

Hoopoe
Hoopoe

Bird Bingo is published by Laurence King in conjunction with Magma ( http://www.magmabooks.com/ ) on 3 September priced £19.95

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