Bird Brains

Author: Candace Savage
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
ISBN: 9780871569561
Size: 33.35 MB
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Argues that the birds' powers of abstraction, memory, and creativity are equal to many mammals

Bird Brains

Author: Jeremy Hyman
Publisher: Moondance Press
ISBN: 1633221539
Size: 18.19 MB
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Accurate, current bird science presented in an intriguing, highly illustrated way. Birds do the wildest things! (And you thought all they did was fly...) In Bird Brains, learn how birds use sound,color, and dances to communicate with each other, and camouflage, dive-bombing, and projectile vomiting to discourage predators. They build nests with sticks, stones, feathers, vines, mud, mucus, saliva, and more. Full-color illustrations showcase these cool behaviors. Did you know that... -birds are smart? Crows watch traffic lights in big cities so cars can break open hard nutshells. -birds are strong? Raptors can withstand G-forces of more than 27 Gs when they swoop down to capture prey. That's three times more than a fighter jet pilot can stand without passing out. -birds are gross? Parent birds feed regurgitated food to hatchlings. A whole world of wonder awaits any inquisitive child!

Bird Brains

Author: Budd Titlow
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 0762797703
Size: 57.25 MB
Format: PDF, Docs
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Through a hundred short vignettes accompanied by stunning avian portraits, Bird Brains takes a look at the antics, behaviors, and idiosyncrasies of wild birds from the viewpoint of a professional wildlife biologist and award-winning wildlife photographer. Titlow understands the often wild and wacky lives of birders--those who are always ready and willing to drop everything at a moment’s notice and "twitch off" to some exotic locations just to add another checkmark to their life lists. His engaging stories, complemented by vivid images, provide a fascinating compendium of wild bird lore perfectly suited to the 65-million-plus birders across the United States.

Bird Brain

Author: Nathan Emery
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 1400882869
Size: 76.18 MB
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Birds have not been known for their high IQs, which is why a person of questionable intelligence is sometimes called a "birdbrain." Yet in the past two decades, the study of avian intelligence has witnessed dramatic advances. From a time when birds were seen as simple instinct machines responding only to stimuli in their external worlds, we now know that some birds have complex internal worlds as well. This beautifully illustrated book provides an engaging exploration of the avian mind, revealing how science is exploding one of the most widespread myths about our feathered friends—and changing the way we think about intelligence in other animals as well. Bird Brain looks at the structures and functions of the avian brain, and describes the extraordinary behaviors that different types of avian intelligence give rise to. It offers insights into crows, jays, magpies, and other corvids—the “masterminds” of the avian world—as well as parrots and some less-studied species from around the world. This lively and accessible book shows how birds have sophisticated brains with abilities previously thought to be uniquely human, such as mental time travel, self-recognition, empathy, problem solving, imagination, and insight. Written by a leading expert and featuring a foreword by Frans de Waal, renowned for his work on animal intelligence, Bird Brain shines critical new light on the mental lives of birds.

Rotten School 15 Calling All Birdbrains

Author: R.L. Stine
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0061906832
Size: 67.67 MB
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Bernie Bridges is the luckiest kid at Rotten School. He wins every game he plays, doesn't get into any trouble, and even finds money! So what's the catch? For the good luck to stick, Bernie has to keep his parrot, Lippy, on his shoulder wherever he goes. Lippy's luck is so powerful that Bernie's friends, Feenman and Crench, want in, too. But the minute they touch Lippy, everything changes—Lippy turns into a bad-luck bird. Now nothing Bernie does goes right. Bad luck follows him wherever he goes. There's only one solution, thinks Bernie. He'll give the bird away to his archrival, Sherman Oaks. But hold on! Now Sherman is having all the good luck in the world. Has Bernie made a big mistake? Can he get both his bird and his good luck back—or has his luck run out for good?

The Genius Of Birds

Author: Jennifer Ackerman
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101980842
Size: 79.74 MB
Format: PDF, ePub
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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 the newly discovered brilliance of birds. As she travels around the world to the most cutting-edge frontiers of research—the distant laboratories of Barbados and New Caledonia, the great tit communities of the United Kingdom and the bowerbird habitats of Australia, the ravaged mid-Atlantic coast after Hurricane Sandy and the warming mountains of central Virginia and the western states—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. Consider, as Ackerman does, the Clark’s nutcracker, a bird that can hide as many as 30,000 seeds over dozens of square miles and remember several months later where it put them, or the mockingbirds and thrashers, species that can store 200 to 2,000 different songs in a brain a thousand times smaller than ours. But beyond highlighting how birds use their unique genius in technical ways, Ackerman points out the impressive social smarts of birds. They deceive and manipulate. They eavesdrop. They give gifts. They kiss to console one another. They blackmail their parents. They alert one another to danger. They summon witnesses to the death of a peer. They may even grieve. This elegant scientific investigation and travelogue weaves personal anecdotes with fascinating science. Ackerman delivers an extraordinary story that will both give readers a new appreciation for the exceptional talents of birds and let them discover what birds can reveal about our changing world. Richly informative and beautifully written, The Genius of Birds celebrates the triumphs of these surprising and fiercely intelligent creatures. From the Hardcover edition.

Bird Brains Unlimited

Author: Phil Mayers
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781544910826
Size: 35.75 MB
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Have you ever wondered why anyone in his or her right mind - including you - Would pick a book with the title BIRD BRAINS UNLIMITED? One with an obviously, confused looking BIRD on the cover? Well perhaps you are a unique person? One that possesses an amazing spark of life - A spark that allows you to occasionally take a little stroll off the beaten path, and dare to be different. Well good for you! Because these very unusual short stories certainly are different. Or perhaps you are fortunate enough to have nurtured your childlike spirit - That free, unfettered spirit which is always there to remind you to not take yourself too seriously - A spirit that allows you the freedom of thinking outside of-the-box, having fun, and fully enjoying your wonderful gift of life.

Gifts Of The Crow

Author: John Marzluff
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1439198748
Size: 30.55 MB
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A University of Washington professor of wildlife science taps the findings of his extraordinary research into crow intelligence to offer insight into their ability to make tools and respond to environmental challenges, explaining how they engage in human-like behaviors from giving gifts and seeking revenge to playing and experiencing dreams.