The Minds of Birds (Louise Lindsey Merrick Natural Environment Series)

[Alexander F. Skutch] ↠ The Minds of Birds (Louise Lindsey Merrick Natural Environment Series) ↠ Read Online eBook or Kindle ePUB. The Minds of Birds (Louise Lindsey Merrick Natural Environment Series) Although varying widely by species, many birds have a striking ability to recognize as individuals not only other birds of their own kind (which all look alike to humans), but also familiar humans, even after a long absence. Birders and behaviorist ornithologists alike will find Skutchs work provocative and rewarding–no more easily dismissed than the apparently purposeful behavior of the birds he describes. Only humans take more elaborate care of their offspring than most birds do, and fe

The Minds of Birds (Louise Lindsey Merrick Natural Environment Series)

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Rating : 4.82 (788 Votes)
Asin : 0890966710
Format Type : paperback
Number of Pages : 200 Pages
Publish Date : 2017-04-25
Language : English

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Although varying widely by species, many birds have a striking ability to recognize as individuals not only other birds of their own kind (which all look alike to humans), but also familiar humans, even after a long absence. Birders and behaviorist ornithologists alike will find Skutch's work provocative and rewarding–no more easily dismissed than the apparently purposeful behavior of the birds he describes. Only humans take more elaborate care of their offspring than most birds do, and few animals of any kind live in such closely united families as those of cooperatively breeding birds, which carefully avoid incest. A timely and useful contribution to the debate on animal intelligence, this book offers--with precision, force, clarity, and a wide range of examples--a challenge to the longstanding mechanistic view of nonhuman life.. Skutch, a well-known ornithologist who has studied birds for more than sixty years, makes a case for "believing that birds' mental capacities have been grossly underestimated." Lacking hard scientific proofs of

Dee Hayston said Minds of Birds is a must read for the avian enthusiast!. I have often wondered about motivation for certain actions and reactions of my pet birdsthis book has filled in the blanksThe author studied birds for over 60 years and has given a wonderful record of all types of situations and a basis for understanding the instinctual and functional behaviors necessary for su. a nice overview of bird brains for the casual reader john k mt this book is a little dated, but covers a great variety of birds and behaviors.using personal, anecdotal and scientific sources, blended by subjects/chapters, hecovers a lot of territory with just enough info to make his point and not getbogged down.. Five Stars sharkpeople Alexander Skutch is amazing! Love this book

Building his case around anecdotes drawn from more than 60 years of observation, Skutch will likely persuade all but the most dogmatic skeptic that the minds of birds are "among the most wonderful pieces of organized matter that nature has produced." . "Soon after I began to study birds," writes Alexander Skutch, "I began to wonder about their psychic lives." After a lifetime of investigation, the esteemed ornithologist has come to believe that the tiny brain of a bird is indeed large enough to contain the process we know as intelligence, a capacity that for much of this century has been thought to be reserved for humans

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