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The bird way : a new look at how birds talk, work, play, parent, and think

by Ackerman, Jennifer, 1959-

Format: Print Book 2020
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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Genius of Birds , a radical investigation into the bird way of being, and the recent scientific research that is dramatically shifting our understanding of birds -- how they live and how they think.

"There is the mammal way and there is the bird way." But the bird way is much more than a unique pattern of brain wiring, and lately, scientists have taken a new look at bird behaviors they have, for years, dismissed as anomalies or mysteries -- What they are finding is upending the traditional view of how birds conduct their lives, how they communicate, forage, court, breed, survive. They are also revealing the remarkable intelligence underlying these activities, abilities we once considered uniquely our own: deception, manipulation, cheating, kidnapping, infanticide, but also ingenious communication between species, cooperation, collaboration, altruism, culture, and play.

Some of these extraordinary behaviors are biological conundrums that seem to push the edges of, well, birdness: a mother bird that kills her own infant sons, and another that selflessly tends to the young of other birds as if they were her own; a bird that collaborates in an extraordinary way with one species--ours--but parasitizes another in gruesome fashion; birds that give gifts and birds that steal; birds that dance or drum, that paint their creations or paint themselves; birds that build walls of sound to keep out intruders and birds that summon playmates with a special call--and may hold the secret to our own penchant for playfulness and the evolution of laughter.

Drawing on personal observations, the latest science, and her bird-related travel around the world, from the tropical rainforests of eastern Australia and the remote woodlands of northern Japan, to the rolling hills of lower Austria and the islands of Alaska's Kachemak Bay, Jennifer Ackerman shows there is clearly no single bird way of being. In every respect, in plumage, form, song, flight, lifestyle, niche, and behavior, birds vary. It is what we love about them. As E.O Wilson once said, when you have seen one bird, you have not seen them all.
Introduction: When you've seen one bird
Dawn chorus
Cause for alarm
Superb parroting
The scent of sustenance
Hot tools
Tracing the ant's path
Birds of play
Clowns of the mountains
Wild wooing
Brain teasers
Free-range parenting
The world's best birdwatchers
A childcare cooperative of witches and water boilers
A last word.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "The first line of this introduction to the fascinating world of bird cognition--"There is the mammal way and there is the bird way."--sums up the science of studying the avian brain and mind. As we have learned (and are still learning) with mammals, bird behaviors once thought bizarre or merely instinctive are proving to reveal not only intelligence but also abilities that we once thought were uniquely human. Ackerman (The Genius of Birds, 2016) explores five aspects of the daily lives of birds as she describes striking examples of each behavior. Her research shows how some avian actions indicate ingenious adaptations. Take communication: the familiar songs and calls of birds are highly complex, but so are enacted displays and even individual coloring. Finding food can initiate behaviors such as tool building: birds modifying sticks which they then use to pry insects out of holes. The ways birds play have been extensively studied in ravens and parrots, both known to be highly intelligent. And finally, breeding and the rearing of avian young involve amazingly diverse variations. There is clearly no one single "bird way of being," and Ackerman's vibrant writing ensures that all things bird are thoroughly compelling and enjoyable."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Birds -- Behavior.
Publisher New York :2020
Language English
Description 355 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 333-345) and index.
ISBN 9780735223011
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