The bird book for birders and nonbirders alike that will excite and inspire by providing a new and deeper understanding of what common, mostly backyard, birds are doing—and why "Can birds smell?
Author: David Allen Sibley
The bird book for birders and nonbirders alike that will excite and inspire by providing a new and deeper understanding of what common, mostly backyard, birds are doing--and why "Can birds smell?" "Is this the same cardinal that was at my feeder last year?" "Do robins 'hear' worms?" In What It's Like to Be a Bird, David Sibley answers the most frequently asked questions about the birds we see most often. This special, large-format volume is geared as much to nonbirders as it is to the out-and-out obsessed, covering more than two hundred species and including more than 330 new illustrations by the author. While its focus is on familiar backyard birds--blue jays, nuthatches, chickadees--it also examines certain species that can be fairly easily observed, such as the seashore-dwelling Atlantic puffin. David Sibley's exacting artwork and wide-ranging expertise bring observed behaviors vividly to life. (For most species, the primary illustration is reproduced life-sized.) And while the text is aimed at adults--including fascinating new scientific research on the myriad ways birds have adapted to environmental changes--it is nontechnical, making it the perfect occasion for parents and grandparents to share their love of birds with young children, who will delight in the big, full-color illustrations of birds in action. Unlike any other book he has written, What It's Like to Be a Bird is poised to bring a whole new audience to David Sibley's world of birds.
And what is going on inside the head of a nightingale as it sings, and how does its brain improvise?Bird Sense addresses questions like these and many more, by describing the senses of birds that enable them to interpret their environment ...
Author: Tim Birkhead
Publisher: A&C Black
What is it like to be a swift, flying at over one hundred kilometres an hour? Or a kiwi, plodding flightlessly among the humid undergrowth in the pitch dark of a New Zealand night? And what is going on inside the head of a nightingale as it sings, and how does its brain improvise? Bird Sense addresses questions like these and many more, by describing the senses of birds that enable them to interpret their environment and to interact with each other. Our affinity for birds is often said to be the result of shared senses - vision and hearing - but how exactly do their senses compare with our own? And what about a birds' sense of taste, or smell, or touch or the ability to detect the earth's magnetic field? Or the extraordinary ability of desert birds to detect rain hundreds of kilometres away - how do they do it? Bird Sense is based on a conviction that we have consistently underestimated what goes on in a bird's head. Our understanding of bird behaviour is simultaneously informed and constrained by the way we watch and study them. By drawing attention to the way these frameworks both facilitate and inhibit discovery, it identifies ways we can escape from them to seek new horizons in bird behaviour. There has never been a popular book about the senses of birds. No one has previously looked at how birds interpret the world or the way the behaviour of birds is shaped by their senses. A lifetime spent studying birds has provided Tim Birkhead with a wealth of observation and an understanding of birds and their behaviour that is firmly grounded in science.
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Relevance Today. Bloomsbury Natural History. Birkhead, T. 2012. Bird Sense:
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Author: Tony D. Williams
Publisher: Princeton University Press
A large-format, beautifully illustrated look at the natural history of birds There are some 10,000 bird species in existence today, occupying every continent and virtually every habitat on Earth. The variety of bird species is truly astounding, from the tiny bee hummingbird to the large flightless ostrich, making birds one of the most diverse and successful animal groups on the planet. Taking you inside the extraordinary world of birds, What Is a Bird? explores all aspects of these remarkable creatures, providing an up-close look at their morphology, unique internal anatomy and physiology, fascinating and varied behavior, and ecology. It features hundreds of color illustrations and draws on a broad range of examples, from the familiar backyard sparrow to the most exotic birds of paradise. A must-have book for birders and armchair naturalists, What Is a Bird? is a celebration of the rich complexity of bird life. An absorbing and beautifully presented exploration of the natural history of birds Integrates physiological adaptations with ecology and behavior Features a wealth of color photographs and explanatory figures Uses scanning electron microscope imagery to provide a rare close-up view of structures not normally visible Provides insights into our complex relationship with birds, from our enduring fascination with them to the threats they face and the challenges of conservation
I think it's one of those things you have to experience on your own before you
really know how it feels. Sort of like tryin' to imagine how it must feel to be a bird
and fly; or what it's like to give birth or to die. - “You see, Charity, I can teach you
Author: Catherine Hart
Publisher: Avon Books
Determined to wreak vengeance on the outlaws that ambushed and killed her husband, Charity Prindle hires gunslinger Luke Sterling, but when she learns of his past tragedy, the two come together in mutual solace
We've re - made our vision of literature to make it amenable to the teaching
situation , pedagogy calling the shots . ... Yet it all seems peculiarly and
increasingly airless , like the environment of the bird in the famous painting “
Experiment on a ...
Author: Bruce Edward Fleming
Publisher: University Press of Amer
Taking a literature class in college could be a life-changing experience. Literature can help us give names to feelings and situations that did not have names, allows us to understand what has happened and what is happening to us so we can move forward. Professors can be the coaches in this so-momentous undertaking, guiding, showing, encouraging, challenging. This is a profession we could be proud to belong. Soon, with luck, we might be able to cry: Literary Studies is dead! Long Live Literature!
Once the cate to you what it likes and dislikes and what it is dog has accepted the
bird as a member of its afraid of . It will approach you more and more , “ pack , "
excessive caution is no longer necessary . take part in your activities , and vie for
Author: Annette Wolter
Publisher: Barron's Educational Series
Everything about the acquisition, care, nutrition, and diseases of cockatiels.
Bird watching is two things , mostly — seeing a bird , and figuring out what kind of
bird it is . That ' s a good way to start , anyway . ... Maybe it ' s far away , or small ,
or maybe it likes to stay away from people . Sometimes your only clue to a bird ...
Author: Steven A. Griffin
Publisher: Northword Press
An introduction to bird watching covers identifying and observing various kinds of birds
"--David Sibley, author of What It's Like to Be a Bird "Utterly captivating and beautifully written, this book is a hugely entertaining and enlightening exploration of a bird so wickedly smart, curious, and social, it boggles the mind.
Author: Ifeanyi Micheal
A fascinating, entertaining, and totally engrossing story."-David Sibley, author of What It's Like to Be a Bird "Utterly captivating and beautifully written, this book is a hugely entertaining and enlightening exploration of a bird so wickedly smart, curious, and social, it boggles the mind."-Jennifer Ackerman, author of The Bird Way "As curious, wide-ranging, gregarious, and intelligent as its subject."-Charles C. Mann, author of 1491 An enthralling account of a modern voyage of discovery as we meet the clever, social birds of prey called caracaras, which puzzled Darwin, fascinate modern-day falconers, and carry secrets of our planet's deep past in their family history.In 1833, Charles Darwin was astonished by an animal he met in the Falkland Islands: handsome, social, and oddly crow-like falcons that were "tame and inquisitive . . . quarrelsome and passionate," and so insatiably curious that they stole hats, compasses, and other valuables from the crew of the Beagle. Darwin wondered why these birds were confined to remote islands at the tip of South America, sensing a larger story, but he set this mystery aside and never returned to it. Almost two hundred years later, Jonathan Meiburg takes up this chase. He takes us through South America, from the fog-bound coasts of Tierra del Fuego to the tropical forests of Guyana, in search of these birds: striated caracaras, which still exist, though they're very rare. He reveals the wild, fascinating story of their history, origins, and possible futures. And along the way, he draws us into the life and work of William Henry Hudson, the Victorian writer and naturalist who championed caracaras as an unsung wonder of the natural world, and to falconry parks in the English countryside, where captive caracaras perform incredible feats of memory and problem-solving. A Most Remarkable Creature is a hybrid of science writing, travelogue, and biography, as generous and accessible as it is sophisticated, and absolutely riveting.
Without these we would know much less of how civilization had come to be what
it is . For many centuries the thoughts of poets , historians , theologians , and
others depended for preservation on the point of a bird ' s quill . The debt we owe
to birds in this ... One writer said : “ They that feare the stinging of waspes make
fannes of peacock tailes , whose spots are like eyes . " In Victorian times ornate
Author: Edward Allworthy Armstrong
Publisher: Random House Value Publishing
Surveys the evolution and behavior of birds and the various religious, mythic, recreational, domestic, decorative, artistic, and literary aspects of the relationship between man and bird.