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The Genius of Birds

by Jennifer Ackerman

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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.

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Jennifer AckermanBut her most interesting bits of trivia play to that urge: undergraduates who fail at mental simulations at which some birds succeed, bowerbirds trained to distinguish good human art from bad, Thomas Jefferson's mockingbird singing "popular songs of the day," and pigeons learning to open automatic cafeteria doorsHeinrich is a better scientist, better observer and better writerThey're surprisingly intelligent, yes, but they're not even close to as intelligent as a human, so really, they're just surprisingly smart for an animalAckerman devotes each chapter to a different bird skill and ends the book with a discussion of avian adaptive capabilities, which will prove vital in the near future as climate change and loss of habitat have put more than half of North American bird species at risk, according to the Audubon SocietyThis book is a delightrated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Bird Lovers! Anyone really who wants to learn about the world around themNov 01, 2016 Richard Derus rated it really liked it Rating: 4.5* of five, rounded down for jargoneeringI voted for this book in the 2016 Goodreads Choice AwardsKeeps showing different types of intelligence and how the creature makes sacrifices to get the most brain to apply to cognitive bird problemsIt's still a 4 star (just) readThe only thing better than love is love plus deep appreciationRead it and keep itflag 6 likesLike see review View 1 comment If you're interested in how smart birds are, then this book is a must read

I'd hate to think that what I had thought was a beneficial action is actually detrimental.All in all, I learned so much about both birds and humans from this book, and I'm absolutely going to seek out more of Jennifer Ackerman's work in the futureThe author begins by defining the many ways intelligence or genius is manifested in birds, the difficulties scientists encounter in measuring it, and then goes on to write about some of the incredible things that birds are capable ofIt is well researched and written: exploring avian intelligence, mating, migration, cognition, and evolutionI looked up pictures of both (sadly, there are no colour plates in this book) and observed that while the crow looked very smart and capable, Pierce Brosnan-era Bond in terms of looks, the kagu would appear to have been designed by someone who had been given the brief make aridiculously daft-looking birdThis boils down to basically two issues: 1To order a copy for 7.64 (RRP 8.99) go to bookshop.theguardian.com or call 0330 333 6846Maybe I will somedayThey then were able to watch and track as their trained birds performed the tasks in the woods.more flag 3 likesLike see review We were able to get within 6' of the birdGet a FREE Books of the Moment sampler!Shop Now The weight of the research on this topic does seem to be on Ackerman's side on this matterAlso discussed is how some types of birds teach others in their particular "group" techniques they have been trainedIt certainly was revelatory for me.Ackerman starts out with the idea of geniusSo, avian intelligence exists on a wide spectrum, with the dimmer end seemingly, like the dodo, almost striving for extinction, voting for Brexit and so on, while at the top end of the scale we have marvels, with only the higher primates matching the birds tool-crafting capabilitiesNew Caledonian Crow by Elsa Loissel "Throckmorton" by Karin Bendel 48a4f088c3
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