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By Jennifer Ackerman

ISBN-10: 1101980842

ISBN-13: 9781101980842

Birds are astonishingly clever creatures. in reality, in response to innovative new examine, a few birds rival primates or even people of their extraordinary kinds of intelligence.  Like people, many birds have huge, immense brains relative to their dimension. even though small, chicken brains are jam-packed with neurons that permit them to punch good above their weight.

In The Genius of Birds, acclaimed writer Jennifer Ackerman explores the newly came across brilliance of birds and the way it happened. As she travels worldwide to the main state-of-the-art frontiers of research— the far away laboratories of Barbados and New Caledonia, the good tit groups of the uk and the bowerbird habitats of Australia, the ravaged mid-Atlantic coast after typhoon Sandy and the warming mountains of crucial Virginia and the western states—Ackerman not just tells the tale of the lately exposed genius of birds but in addition delves deeply into the most recent findings concerning the fowl mind itself which are revolutionizing our view of what it capability to be intelligent.

Consider, as Ackerman does, the Clark’s nutcracker, a poultry that could disguise as many as 30,000 seeds over dozens of sq. miles and take into account the place it positioned them numerous months later; the mockingbirds and thrashers, species which can shop two hundred to 2,000 diversified songs in a mind one thousand instances smaller than ours; the well known pigeon, which understands the place it’s going, even hundreds of thousands of miles from popular territory; and the hot Caledonian crow, a powerful chicken that makes its personal tools.

yet past highlighting how birds use their exact genius in technical methods, Ackerman issues out the striking social smarts of birds. They lie to and control. They eavesdrop. They reveal a powerful experience of equity. they offer presents. They play keep-away and tug-of-war. They tease. They proportion. They domesticate social networks. They vie for prestige. They kiss to console each other. They educate their younger. They blackmail their mom and dad. They alert each other to possibility. They summon witnesses to the loss of life of a peer. they might even grieve.

This dependent clinical research and travelogue weaves own anecdotes with attention-grabbing technology. Ackerman can provide a rare tale that may either provide readers a brand new appreciation for the phenomenal skills of birds and allow them to notice what birds can show approximately our altering global. particularly informative and wonderfully written, The Genius of Birds richly celebrates the triumphs of those mind-blowing and fiercely clever creatures.

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