Submitted by dschuller on Thu, 2016-04-21 14:04
Birds are so diverse and surprising that any book about them, especially one written by a scientist as deeply engaged with her subject as Ackerman, offers a host of new facts; here you’ll learn that turkeys are closer to dinosaurs than any other birds; that birds really do sleep with one eye open, and they also experience periods of REM sleep; that mockingbirds can imitate 200-plus songs, including ringing phones and truck back-up beeps. But Ackerman’s study focuses specifically on intelligence; she surveys bird behavior world-wide, citing investigations of birds’ brain size and structure, their sensitivity to geomagnetism, their social networks, and much more.
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Published: Penguin Press - April 12th, 2016
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