Bird Sense What It's Like to Be a Bird

ISBN-10: 1620401894
ISBN-13: 9781620401897
Edition: N/A
Authors: Tim Birkhead
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Book details

List price: $18.00
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Publication date: 5/21/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.660
Language: English

What is going on inside the head of a nightingale as it sings, and how does its brain improvise? How do desert birds detect rain hundreds of kilometers away? How do birds navigate by using an innate magnetic compass? Tracing the history of how our knowledge about birds has grown, particularly through advances in technology over the past fifty years,Bird Sensetells captivating stories about how birds interact with one another and their environment.Never before has there been a popular book about how intricately bird behavior is shaped by birds' senses. A lifetime spent studying birds has provided Tim Birkhead with a wealth of fieldwork experiences, insights, and a unique understanding of birds, all firmly grounded in science. No one who readsBird Sensecan fail to be dazzled by it.

Tim Birkhead is a professor at the University of Sheffield where he teaches animal behaviour and the history of science. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of London and his research has taken him all over the world in the quest to understand the lives of birds. He has written for The Independent, New Scientist, BBC Wildlife. Among his other books are Promiscuity, Great Auk Islands, The Cambridge Encyclopaedia of Birds which won the McColvin medal and The Red Canary which won the Consul Cremer Prize. He is married with three children and lives in Sheffield.

Preface
Seeing
Hearing
Touch
Taste
Smell
Magnetic Sense
Emotions
Postscript
Notes
Bibliography
Glossary
Index

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