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Out 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 creature. I was hoping to have fun with this read It is a scientific and close up and personal look at the varying species of our avian neighbors and how they compare to other members of the animal kingdom including humansThis extensively researched book is for the serious birder and contains many results of experiments on varying species of birds the world overA 5 read for the serious birder and 4 s for the casual enthusiast like myselfI ll just be happy watching the birds in my backyard Everything from hawks to hummers

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The Genius of Birds

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 The Genius PDFEPUB or latest findings ab. 375 s What a birdbrain Awk After reading this book I cry Fowl I wont use that term or think of the birds visiting my feeders in the same way again especially the jays and pigeonsBird fanciers should enjoy this but you needn t be an enthusiast to appreciate much of the content within My favorite chapters were on navigation and caching skillsSome things to crow about Size does matter to the ladies Give a hen a giant egg to sit on even artificial and she prefers it to smaller ones Crows leave thank you gifts in feeders when they are treated regularly Check out some treasures from Gabi Mann s collection Golden Winged Warblers anticipate deadly impending storms Bee hummingbirds weigh less than an old penny Birds don t need to count calories In an average thirty year lifetime a tern may fly the euivalent of three trips to the moon and back Pigeons our first air mail providers and GPS navigators are bookish than we might imagine differentiating between the paintings of VanGogh Monet Picasso and Chagall Can I do that Their average flying speed is an impressive fifty miles per hour The Chinese military has built a force of ten thousand trained messenger pigeons in order to communicate with troops along borders in case of electromagnetic interference or a collapse in their signals Shorter than I thought at 267 pages because the rest of the count goes towards acknowledgements notes and index This one just might win the award for most footnotes ever Being an avid watcher of Nova and Nature much of the content was already familiar to meOverall it s interesting reading but it won t keep you up like a night

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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 their newly discovered. It s are not just the complex social structures the ability to learn to speak etc but especially the speed and accuracy of intelligence that may evolve higher than the one of other animals To learn an 8 step method to get food might get tricky to impossible to many animals that are smart tooWhat is uniue and has the most potential for genetic engineering is the optimization of the use of space in those relatively small bird brains that are in relation to body size as large as the ones of mammals but minimized for optimized natural lightweight construction If one would take this immense concentration of brainpower and put it in a whale or elephant it s computational power would explode although there may be a problem with the heat and general overload of the system Certainly that could be fixed too by adapting the whole metabolism and organs to fit to the new brain but until then just understanding how so much can be processed by such a tiny unit will open up many other applications Orientation and navigation in birds are still a mystery and there seem to have evolved different methods of how to find the right way over thousands of kilometers As melodious as singing birds are as unclear is how they learn it and how complex their vocabulary might be if they use it to express emotions and if they may be able to talk about the past maybe dead birds they remember or complex philosophical topicsAll the included theories and ideas that might be the reason for the high intelligence make the book in some part fictional which I highly appreciate between the theoretical partsBecause birds have tool use understand complex correlations and human art are descendants of the magnificent dinosaurs can get very old teach their kids lie fake manipulate can adapt to new environments etc they might evolve to something of very high intelligence in millions of years If they would lose the ability to fly for higher possible brain size that still stays as highly connected as it was necessary for flying evolve and skillful claws and live together in complex groups building their houses together and get civilization diseases Based on a different brain architecture with many similarities to humans in functioning they could become eual to human intelligence A wiki walk can be as refreshing to the mind as a walk through nature in this completely overrated real life outside books


10 thoughts on “The Genius of Birds

  1. says:

    I read this over Christmas mostly because a customer ordered four copies saying it was brilliant and would make great gifts So since I liked Bernd Heinrich's Mind of the Raven and his other books on ravens owls and geese I prepared to meet another 5 star natural history book But I was disappointedNot very It's still a 4 star just re

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    It´s are not just the complex social structures the ability to learn to speak etc but especially the speed and accuracy of intelligence that m

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    Up until four years ago I have had birds for most of my life Parakeets delightful finches a crockety Cockatiel and some very clever love birds Then my asthma became debilitating and I found birds have allergies than dogs and cats Who knew? So I had to give away my two lovebirds I knew how clever birds could be and even how cunning but those

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    375 🧠 🧠 🧠 🧠 s What a birdbrain? Awk After reading this book I cry Fowl I wont use that term or think of the b

  5. says:

    This is a marvelous book about the intelligence of birds In this book Jennifer Ackerman describes a wide range

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    Why did I read a book like ‘Genius of Birds? I walk a few times a week for exercise but because it was boring to do so on a treadmill I chose to walk outside At first I had earbuds for listening to music and audiobooks jammed into my ears mos

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    Rating 45 of five rounded down for jargoneeringI voted for this book in the 2016 Goodreads Choice Awards It deserves ever one of its stars I was fascinated by the breadth of the study's scope I was impressed by Ackerman's lucidity of prose despite the inevitable I suppose use of a lot of scientific jargonI've

  8. says:

    I was hoping to have fun with this read It is a scientific and close up and personal look at the varying species of our avian neighbors and how they compare to other members of the animal kingdom including humansThis extensively researched book is for the serious birder and contains many results of experiments on varying species of birds the world overA 5 read for the serious birder and 4's for the casual enthusiast like myselfI'll just

  9. says:

    Full of fascinating details of the incredible mental processes of various kinds of birds Just a delight The reason for four stars instead of five is the running commentary that assumes evolution in the background which had the disconcerting effect of making the reader think that Ackerman was telling us a bunch o

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    Everything you ever wanted to know about birds and The author has compiled research from many sources to convey the capabilities and talents of a wide variety of bird species In addition to the scientific studies Ackerman includes anecdotes current speculations and a bit of humor It is logically arranged and flows smoothly The author’s love of birds shines through Highlights include Birds with a preference f

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