The Genius of Birds

By Jennifer Ackerman   |   Published On: Apr 12, 2016
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In The Genius of Birds, an award-winning science writer tours the globe to reveal what makes birds capable of such extraordinary feats of mental prowess. 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. You’ll not only learn that birds are astonishingly bright creatures, but also discover some of the revolutionary new research elucidating how some birds rival primates and even humans in their remarkable forms of intelligence.

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.

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  • Item Number
    130842
  • Dimensions
    9.56 x 6.5 x 1.06 inches
  • Weight
    1.2625 pounds
  • ISBN-13
    9781594205217
  • Pages
    352
  • Format
    Hardcover
  • Subject
    Bird Watching
  • ISBN-10
    1594205213
  • Author
    Jennifer Ackerman
  • Publication Date
    Apr 12, 2016
  • Publisher
    Penguin Random House
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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