Birdology: Adventures with a Pack of Hens, a Peck of Pigeons, Cantankerous Crows, Fierce Falcons, Hip Hop Parrots, Baby Hummingbirds, and One Murderously Big Living Dinosaur (t)

Birdology: Adventures with a Pack of Hens, a Peck of Pigeons, Cantankerous Crows, Fierce Falcons, Hip Hop Parrots, Baby Hummingbirds, and One Murderously Big Living Dinosaur (t)

Sy Montgomery


Meet the women: a flock of clever, affectionate, hugely individualistic chickens who stopover at their favourite associates, devise alternative ways to conceal from foxes, and mob the writer like she’s a rock megastar. In those pages you’ll additionally meet Maya and Zuni, orphaned child hummingbirds who hatched from eggs the dimensions of military beans, and who're little greater than air bubbles fringed with feathers. Their lives hold precariously within the balance—but with human aid, they might sooner or later overcome the sky.

Snowball is a cockatoo whose dance video went viral on YouTube and who’s now instructing schoolchildren how one can dance. You’ll meet Harris’s hawks named hearth and Smoke. And you’ll come to grasp and love a bunch of different avian characters who will switch your brain perpetually approximately who birds particularly are.

Each of those birds exhibits a distinct and completely remarkable point of what makes a fowl a bird—and those are the teachings of Birdology: that birds are a long way stranger, extra wondrous, and while extra like us than we would have dared to visualize. In Birdology, loved writer of The solid solid Pig Sy Montgomery explores the essence of the otherworldly creatures we see each day. in terms of her adventures with seven birds—wild, tame, unique, and common—she weaves new medical insights and narrative to bare seven kernels of chicken knowledge.

The first lesson of Birdology is that, regardless of how universal they're, Birds Are members, as every one of Montgomery’s exact girls truly indicates. within the leech-infested rain woodland of Queensland, you’ll come head to head with a cassowary—a 150-pound, man-tall, flightless chook with a helmet of bone on its head and a slashing razor-like toenail with which it (occasionally) eviscerates people—proof that Birds Are Dinosaurs. You’ll study from hawks that Birds Are Fierce; from pigeons, how Birds locate Their manner domestic; from parrots, what it implies that Birds Can speak; and from 50,000 crows who moved right into a small city’s downtown, that Birds Are in all places. they're the winged extraterrestrial beings who encompass us.


Birdology
explains simply how very "other" birds are: Their hearts appear like these of crocodiles. they're coated with transformed scales, that are referred to as feathers. Their bones are hole. Their our bodies are permeated with wide air sacs. they've got no fingers. they offer start to eggs. but regardless of birds’ and humans’ disparate evolutionary paths, we proportion emotional and highbrow talents that permit us to speak or even shape deep bonds. once we start to understand who birds relatively are, we deepen our skill to technique, comprehend, and love those otherworldly creatures. And this, finally, is the necessary lesson of Birdology: it communicates a heartfelt fascination and awe for birds and restores our connection to those complicated, mysterious fellow creatures.

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