Bird Sense

Bird Sense

What It's Like to Be A Bird

Book - 2012
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Looks at the adaptive significance of bird behavior . A lifetime spent in ornithological research and old-fashioned bird-watching has convinced the author that "we have consistently underestimated what goes on in a bird's head." He describes how using the latest available tools, neurobiologists have uncovered new aspects of bird perception--e.g., the fact that female birds that see in the ultraviolet range chose mates on the basis of characteristics we can't directly perceive such as plumage markings. Even more fascinating, Birkhead explains that some birds "tend to use their right eye for close-up activities like feeding and the left eye for more distant activities such as scanning for predators." Another unexpected discovery which he hopes may prove relevant to the treatment of neuro-degenerative brain disease in humans is the plasticity of the brains of birds that live in temperate regions.
Publisher: New York : Walker & Co., 2012
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780802779663
0802779662
Characteristics: xxii, 265 p. : ill. ; 22 cm

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stuvw27
Oct 04, 2013

Simply awful! Each chapter in this slim volume begins with at least five pages of New-Journalism style fluff before imparting one or two nuggets of science, then it’s off to fluff again. I wished that someone had gone through the book before me highlighting the nuggets. That way it would have taken about two minutes to read. I can afford to waste two minutes.

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binational
Aug 02, 2012

Some great insights, especially in the earlier chapters. Gets weaker as it moves along, probably because we know less about the subsequent senses.

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