The Thing With Feathers: The Surprising Lives Of Birds And What They Reveal About Being Human
ISBN: 159463341X
EAN13: 9781594633416
Language: English
Release Date: Mar 3, 2015
Pages: 304
Dimensions: 0.8" H x 8.2" L x 5.4" W
Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Format: Paperback

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Book Overview

Strycker] thinks like a biologist but writes like a poet. -- Wall Street Journal

An entertaining and profound look at the lives of birds, illuminating their surprising world--and deep connection with humanity.

Birds are highly intelligent animals, yet their intelligence is dramatically different from our own and has been little understood. As we learn more about the secrets of bird life, we are unlocking fascinating insights into memory, relationships, game theory, and the nature of intelligence itself.

The Thing with Feathers explores the astonishing homing abilities of pigeons, the good deeds of fairy-wrens, the influential flocking abilities of starlings, the deft artistry of bowerbirds, the extraordinary memories of nutcrackers, the lifelong loves of albatrosses, and other mysteries--revealing why birds do what they do, and offering a glimpse into our own nature.

Drawing deep from personal experience, cutting-edge science, and colorful history, Noah Strycker spins captivating stories about the birds in our midst and shares the startlingly intimate coexistence of birds and humans. With humor, style, and grace, he shows how our view of the world is often, and remarkably, through the experience of birds. You've never read a book about birds like this one.

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5
   Fantastic book! Noah is a great writer and a ...
Fantastic Book! '' Noah is a wonderful writer and a great birder. He also holds the record for most species seen in a single year!
 
5
   Wonderful
Not only was the book chockfull of delightful facts about birds, but these facts were revealed in a most fascinating way. The underlying humor appreciated. It was not forced or artificial, but flowed smoothly and subtly throughout. I wish there had been more about the albatross or starlings or... well, I guess the book had not ended as soon as it did. It was truly a remarkable read and gave me a feeling that there is still much to be done about the world.
 
5
   About Birds and More
I found this book fascinating ''. For each chapter, the author selects a bird or species of bird that has a characteristic or characteristic and then relates it to humans and other animals. On the way, he gives you facts and stories about the birds that are both amazing and delightful. If you like birds, nature or objects of this type, I think you will really like this book.
 
5
   My brother is an avid bird watcher and recommended this to me
For anyone who finds birds fascinating and wants to learn more about many birds from pigeons to albatrosses, treat yourself to this book.
 
4
   Not so much funny as clever and certainly an enjoyable read
In the genre of accessible science, this book provides unique and marvelous insights into bird behavior and how it reflects the behavior of many creatures, especially ourselves. Not so much fun as clever and certainly an enjoyable read.
 
5
   Noah Strycker book
He approaches birds from a different view point of view, very interesting.
 
5
   This is an absolutely delightful book that I first took ...
This is an absolutely delightful book that I borrowed from the library first and then quickly realized that I needed to own it so that I could refer to it and read parts, etc. It has a lot of interesting information, very well-written,
 
4
   Fun to read
The book is full of insights about interesting birds that are specific and leave you wanting to learn more.
 
5
   Well-written, informative
Whether you are a birder or just interested in the wonders of nature, you will enjoy Noah Strycker's informative, entertaining new book, The Things With Feathers. Noah also illustrated the opening page of each new chapter with excellent bird drawings, whether he was a world renowned birder, tennis player, distance hiker and author. How can someone so young have all the talent?
 
3
   Doesn't live up to its promise
I am really interested in birds, and have read quite a few books about them, so that much of the information in this book was old news. I had hoped that the various themes would be explored in greater depth and at greater length. I enjoyed the book, but would have to rate it as just okay.
 
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