An wonderful and profound examine the lives of birds, illuminating their amazing world—and deep reference to humanity.
Birds are very smart animals, but their intelligence is dramatically diverse from our personal and has been little understood. As we examine extra in regards to the secrets and techniques of poultry existence, we're unlocking attention-grabbing insights into reminiscence, relationships, video game concept, and the character of intelligence itself.
The factor with Feathers explores the magnificent homing talents of pigeons, the nice deeds of fairy-wrens, the influential flocking talents of starlings, the deft artistry of bowerbirds, the extreme stories of nutcrackers, the lifelong loves of albatrosses, and different mysteries—revealing why birds do what they do, and delivering a glimpse into our personal nature.
Drawing deep from own adventure, state of the art technology, and colourful background, Noah Strycker spins desirable tales concerning the birds in our midst and stocks the startlingly intimate coexistence of birds and people. With humor, kind, and style, he indicates how our view of the realm is usually, and remarkably, during the event of birds. You’ve by no means learn a e-book approximately birds like this one.
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