Birds are astonishingly intelligent creatures. According to revolutionary new research, some birds rival primates and even humans in their remarkable forms of intelligence. In The Genius of Birds, acclaimed author Jennifer Ackerman explores their newly discovered brilliance and how it came about.
As she travels around the world to the most cutting-edge frontiers of research, Ackerman not only tells the story of the recently uncovered genius of birds but also delves deeply into the latest findings about the bird brain itself that are shifting our view of what it means to be intelligent. At once personal yet scientific, richly informative and beautifully written, The Genius of Birds celebrates the triumphs of these surprising and fiercely intelligent creatures.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)|
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Table of Contents
Introduction: The Genius of Birds 1
1 From Dodo to Crow: Taking the Measure of a Bird Mind 17
2 The Bird Way: The Avian Brain Revisited 39
3 Boffins: Technical Wizardry 63
4 Twitter: Social Savvy 101
5 Four Hundred Tongues: Vocal Virtuosity 137
6 The Bird Artist: Aesthetic Aptitude 171
7 A Mapping Mind: Spatial (and Temporal) Ingenuity 195
8 Sparrowville: Adaptive Genius 239
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Nicely done. Keeps showing different types of intelligence and how the creature makes sacrifices to get the most brain to apply to cognitive bird problems.
An obviously well researched subject by the author, and an interesting topic. I would recommend this book to anybody interested in nonfiction, not just bird enthusiasts.