Bird SenseBirkhead, Tim
Beyond the derogatory use of 'bird brain' to the more complimentary 'bird's eye view', most of us give fleeting consideration to birds and their experience of the world. This eye-opening guide to all things ornithological is the answer to our avian ignorance. From the promiscuity of the vasa parrot through to the kiwi's ability to smell earthworms through 15cm of soil, this book is full of fascinating and often amusing information and insights into the avian world.
Supported by comprehensive research and delivered in an accessible and engaging style, this book, in the process of teaching us about birds also teaches us about our own biological capabilities.
Comments from GroupsThe group found this book informative and very detailed, and would recommend it as a populist text book. Hamilton 024 Really good, very readable. Nelson 017 Most found this book fascinating. The sections about New Zealand birds were especially interesting, and somewhat alarming. One of our members declared it the best book on the list she had read this year. Lower Hutt 004 Lively discussion. Very engaging writing by a 'scientific' professor. We liked the NZ references. Auckland 039 Fascinating book - unexpectedly! Dunedin 022 We thoroughly enjoyed it. Accessible and fascinating. Christchurch 099 Everyone enjoyed this book very much. A professional, inspiring, eye-opening read. Timaru 007Those who read it enjoyed it. Well written with an interesting style. Many interesting anecdotes, and especially those relating to NZ birds and researchers. Very accessible. Auckland 166 There were no photographs - we would have loved lots of photos of all the different birds. We had a really good discussion about perception and reality, but there was some impatience with the style of writing - rather dry and formulaic chapters. But thank you - we liked the writer's enthusiasm. Opotiki 003 Everyone enjoyed this book very much. A professional, inspiring and eye-opening read. Timaru 007