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The Magic and Mystery of Birds The Surprising Lives of Birds and What They Reveal About Being Human

by Noah Strycker

Popular Science The Real World

The Magic and Mystery of Birds The Surprising Lives of Birds and What They Reveal About Being Human Synopsis

From the life-long relationships of the albatross to the remarkable memory of the nutcracker and other avian mysteries, Noah Strycker illuminates the startlingly intimate coexistence of birds and humans.

“In almost any realm of bird behaviour – reproduction, populations, movements, daily rhythms, communication, navigation, intelligence, and so on – there are deep and meaningful parallels with our own.” Noah Strycker has spent the last decade studying bird behaviour in some of the world’s remotest places – from a penguin colony in Antarctica, the Falkland Islands, the Australian outback, the Galápagos Islands – and has observed almost 2,500 species of birds. Noah has come to understand that birds are lively, unpredictable individuals loaded with personality and, if you look closely enough, birds have human counterparts.

From the homing instinct of pigeons (and the mystery of the pigeon equivalent of the Bermuda Triangle in eastern England) and testing the turkey vulture’s sense of smell with a deer carcass to the reason behind a penguin’s fear of water, we ultimately learn about ourselves by studying birds.

Drawing on cutting-edge scientific research, along with his personal experience, and colourful anecdotes The Magic and Mystery of Birds is a thoughtful and engaging look at how the life of birds connects with humanity.

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ISBN: 9780285643239
Publication date: 12/10/2015
Publisher: Souvenir Press Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780285642799
Publication date: 08/10/2014
Publisher: Souvenir Press Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780285643239
Publication date: 12th October 2015
Author: Noah Strycker
Publisher: Souvenir Press Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 304 pages
Genres: Popular Science, The Real World,
Categories: Wildlife: birds & birdwatching,

About Noah Strycker

Noah Strycker, 28, is living an adventurous life of birds. He is Associate Editor of Birding magazine, former columnist known as “BirdBoy” in WildBird magazine, and frequent contributor to other bird-related publications. Noah’s articles have appeared in National Wildlife, Birder’s World, Bird Watcher’s Digest, Living Bird, Birds and Blooms, and Popular Birding, as well as several field guides, government documents, and other print media. His first book, Among Penguins, was released in 2011. Noah worked this year as an on-board ornithologist and Zodiac driver on a cruise ship in Antarctica, and plans to travel ...

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