The Genius of Birds

The Genius of Birds

by Jennifer Ackerman


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399563126
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/11/2017
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 20,138
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

JENNIFER ACKERMAN has been writing about science, nature, and human biology for almost three decades. Her most recent books include Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream: A Day in the Life of Your Body; Ah-Choo: The Uncommon Life of Your Common Cold; Chance in the House of Fate: A Natural History of Heredity; and Notes from the Shore. A contributor to Scientific American, National Geographic, The New York Times, and many other publications, Ackerman is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship in Nonfiction, a Bunting Fellowship, and a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

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

Acknowledgments 267

Notes 273

Index 329

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The Genius of Birds 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Joe Smiley 3 months ago
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.