The Genius of Birds

The Genius of Birds

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 ...

Author: Jennifer Ackerman

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101980842

Category: Science

Page: 352

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An award-winning science writer tours the globe to reveal what makes birds capable of such extraordinary feats of mental prowess 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. Ackerman is also the author of Birds by the Shore: Observing the Natural Life of the Atlantic Coast.
Categories: Science

Birds by the Shore

Birds by the Shore

From the bestselling author of The Genius of Birds, the revised and reissued edition of her beloved book of essays describing her forays along the Delaware shore For three years, Jennifer Ackerman lived in the small coastal town of Lewes, ...

Author: Jennifer Ackerman

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780525505921

Category: Nature

Page: 224

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From the bestselling author of The Genius of Birds, the revised and reissued edition of her beloved book of essays describing her forays along the Delaware shore For three years, Jennifer Ackerman lived in the small coastal town of Lewes, Delaware, in the sort of blue-water, white-sand landscape that draws summer crowds up and down the eastern seaboard. Birds by the Shore is a book about discovering the natural life at the ocean's edge: the habits of shorebirds and seabirds, the movement of sand and water, the wealth of creatures that survive amid storm and surf. Against this landscape's rhythms, Ackerman revisits her own history--her mother's death, her father's illness and her hopes to have children of her own. This portrait of life at the ocean's edge will be relished by anyone who has walked a beach at sunset, or watched a hawk hover over a winter marsh, and felt part of the natural world. With a quiet passion and friendly, generous intelligence, it explores the way that landscape shapes our thoughts and perceptions and shows that home ground is often where we feel the deepest response to the planet.
Categories: Nature

The Bird Way

The Bird Way

'There is the mammal way and there is the bird way.' This is one scientist's pithy distinction between mammal brains and bird brains: two ways to make a highly intelligent mind.

Author: Jennifer Ackerman

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781472152916

Category: Nature

Page: 368

View: 864

'A celebration of the dizzying variety of bird life and behaviour, one that will enthral birders and non-birders alike' The Observer From the New York Times bestselling author of The Genius of Birds, a radical investigation into the bird way of being, and the recent scientific research that is dramatically shifting our understanding of birds. 'There is the mammal way and there is the bird way.' This is one scientist's pithy distinction between mammal brains and bird brains: two ways to make a highly intelligent mind. But lately, scientists have taken a new look at bird behaviours they've previously dismissed as anomalies. What they're finding is upending the traditional view of how birds live, how they communicate, forage, court, survive. They're also revealing the remarkable intelligence underlying these activities, abilities we once considered uniquely our own - deception, manipulation, kidnapping, infanticide, but also, ingenious communication between species, collaboration, altruism and play. Some of these behaviours are biological conundrums that seem to push the edges of - well - birdness: A mother bird that kills her own infant sons, and another that selflessly tends to the young of other birds. Young birds that devote themselves to feeding their siblings and others so competitive they'll stab their nestmates to death. Birds that give gifts and birds that steal, birds that dance or drum, that paint their creations or paint themselves, and birds that summon playmates with a special call - and may hold the secret to our own penchant for playfulness and the evolution of laughter. Drawing on personal observations, the latest science, and her bird-related travel around the world, Ackerman shows there is clearly no single bird way of being. In every respect, in plumage, form, song, flight, lifestyle, niche, and behaviour, birds vary. It's what we love about them.
Categories: Nature

The Genius of Christianity

The Genius of Christianity

SEAFOWL - IN WHAT MANNER SERVICEABLE ΤΟ MAN - 13 ANCIENT TIMES
THE MIGRATIONS OF BIRDS SERVED AS A CALENDAR TO THE
HUSBANDMAN . THE goose and the duck , being domestic animals , are
capable of living ...

Author: François-René vicomte de Chateaubriand

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39076005355487

Category: Art and religion

Page: 763

View: 198

Categories: Art and religion

The Genius and Design of the Domestic Constitution with Its Untransferable Obligations and Peculiar Advantages

The Genius and Design of the Domestic Constitution  with Its Untransferable Obligations and Peculiar Advantages

From such expressions you can direct your Children to a twofold exercise of
humanity here enjoined by God — the sparing of animal life , when actually in
their possession , and special compassion for the mother - bird . You can also
explain ...

Author: Christopher Anderson

Publisher:

ISBN: BL:A0020254708

Category: Domestic relations

Page: 450

View: 443

Categories: Domestic relations

My Book of Birds

My Book of Birds

Beautifully designed, and with a debossed wibalin cover, this is an ideal gift for bird lovers of all ages! If you've loved Beautiful Birds, or The Genius of Birds, or Bill Bailey's Remarkable Guide to British Birds, then you'll love this.

Author: Geraldo Valerio

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781526360502

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 48

View: 134

"An enchanting book" Joanna Lumley "Full of amazing facts and beautiful clear illustrations. A book to inspire the young and indeed the old!" Alison Steadman "Will not fail to ignite young imaginations" David Lindo Full of stunning illustrations and incredible facts, My Book of Birds is a glorious celebration of birds. From majestic golden eagles and snowy owls to brilliant red crossbills and puffins to the tiniest of hummingbirds, the book covers them all. Meet cormorants that can dive underwater for up to 30 seconds at a time, and ptarmigans whose feathers turn completely white in winter, so they can blend in with their snowy habitat. Beautifully designed, and with a debossed wibalin cover, this is an ideal gift for bird lovers of all ages! If you've loved Beautiful Birds, or The Genius of Birds, or Bill Bailey's Remarkable Guide to British Birds, then you'll love this. Incredible collage illustrations from Geraldo Valério show a variety of feathered creatures in their natural habitats as they hunt for food, impress their mates, nest and care for their young. The concise, accessible text is ideal for children aged six and above, and provides information ranging from clever techniques for finding food to remarkable physical features to fascinating behaviours. But above all, Geraldo Valério shares his passion for birds in this lovingly created album, inspiring young readers with their beauty and the excitement of discovery. Includes an introduction, glossary, index and sources for further information.
Categories: Juvenile Nonfiction

The genius of the gospel a homiletical commentary on the Gospel of st Matthew ed by W Webster

The genius of the gospel  a homiletical commentary on the Gospel of st  Matthew  ed  by W  Webster

and becomes a tree so great that the birds of the air come and lodge in the
branches thereof . " * " The idea , " says Olshausen , “ which this parable is
obviously designed to set forth is simply this — That in the manifestation of what
is Divine ...

Author: David Thomas

Publisher:

ISBN: OXFORD:600098906

Category: Bible

Page: 560

View: 357

Categories: Bible

The Genius of Mexico

The Genius of Mexico

SOCIAL FORCES IN MEXICAN LIFE RAMÓN BETETA In this time of
transportation by airplane , it ought not to be difficult to give a bird's - eye view of
anything , but when the thing to be described is Mexico , the task becomes a
difficult one .

Author: Hubert Clinton Herring

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105024627346

Category: Mexico

Page: 334

View: 444

Categories: Mexico

An Essay on the Genius and Writings of Pope

An Essay on the Genius and Writings of Pope

is the description of a coftly supper which his brother gave him , in which there
were two thousand of the choicest birds ; one dish , for its amplitude and capacity
, was called Minerva's buckler , which confifted chiefly of the livers of Scari , the ...

Author: Joseph Warton

Publisher:

ISBN: MINN:31951002110298X

Category:

Page:

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The Genius and Character of Burns

The Genius and Character of Burns

A bird glints by , and we know we are in the woodsma primrose grows up , and
we are among the braes — the mere name of a stream brings its banks before
usmor two or three words leave us our own choice of many waters . “ Far dearer
to ...

Author: John Wilson

Publisher:

ISBN: NYPL:33433074804315

Category:

Page: 222

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The Bay State Monthly

The Bay State Monthly

The fibre , constituting nearly genius among birds , the Angelo of his two thirds of
the bulk , gives firmness and kind . But now , since in nest - building rigidity to the
walls of the nest , so that the orioles work in pairs , how , I have after all these ...

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: UCAL:B3058264

Category:

Page:

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The New England Magazine

The New England Magazine

The fibre , constituting nearly genius among birds , the Angelo of his two thirds of
the bulk , gives firmness and kind . But now , since in nest - building rigidity to the
walls of the nest , so that the orioles work in pairs , how , I have after all these ...

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: UIUC:30112106517680

Category: New England

Page:

View: 766

Categories: New England

The Thousand and One Days

The Thousand and One Days

observed three birds coming up from a distance , and who seemed to be chasing
one another . They soon perceived that one of them was a black bird flying in
great fright from a large hawk . It was obvious that the hawk would soon have ...

Author: Miss Pardoe (Julia)

Publisher:

ISBN: HARVARD:HN1WSH

Category: Tales

Page: 352

View: 220

Categories: Tales

A Bird s eye View of the World

A Bird s eye View of the World

... Delhi passed from Indraprastha to Shajahanabad are a museum of all forms of
Hindu art, — from the most primitive down to the happy style of architecture
produced by the alliance of the genius of India with the genius of Mussulman
Persia.

Author: Onésime Reclus

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105048553320

Category: Geography

Page: 920

View: 619

Categories: Geography

Key to North American Birds

Key to North American Birds

Containing a Concise Account of Every Species of Living and Fossil Bird at
Present Known from the Continent North of the Mexican and United States
Boundary, Inclusive of ... This work is instinct with the genius of the times that saw
its birth .

Author: Elliott Coues

Publisher:

ISBN: UVA:X002478231

Category: Birds

Page: 907

View: 593

Categories: Birds

The Genius of the Scandinavian Theater

The Genius of the Scandinavian Theater

It takes place on four different levels at one and the same time : in a fairy - tale
world in which birds are birds yet speak and behave like human beings ; in the
everyday world of a village at the time of an acute crisis between Dan , the village
 ...

Author: Evert Sprinchorn

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105037891020

Category: Scandinavian drama

Page: 637

View: 252

Categories: Scandinavian drama

The Folk Lore and Provincial Names of British Birds

The Folk Lore and Provincial Names of British Birds

The dread of the magpie , and the aversion with which it is regarded generally
throughout Europe , do not prevail in Norway ; where , according to a writer in the
" Zoologist " ( vol . viii . , 3085 ) , “ this bird , usually so shy in this country , and so
 ...

Author: Charles Swainson

Publisher:

ISBN: IND:30000118568652

Category: Birds

Page: 243

View: 246

Categories: Birds

The Birds of Aristophanes

The Birds of Aristophanes

Magogian birds , ' Gr . porphyrions , harmless seabirds , suggesting the giant
Porphyrion . 1281 , & c . “ Lakonomaniacs . ' There was always at Athens an
affected minority who admired and imitated the ' total abstinence of the Spartans
from all ...

Author: Aristophanes

Publisher:

ISBN: UCAL:$B290102

Category:

Page: 100

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