Gifts of the Crow: How Perception, Emotion, and Thought Allow Smart Birds to Behave Like Humans

Gifts of the Crow: How Perception, Emotion, and Thought Allow Smart Birds to Behave Like Humans


Stan Coren’s groundbreaking The Intelligence of Dogs meets Bernd Heinrich’s vintage Mind of the Raven during this striking, fantastically illustrated examine the uncanny intelligence and feelings of crows.

Playful, social, and passionate, crows have brains which are large for his or her physique dimension, which permits them to imagine, plan, and think again their activities. additionally they show an avian form of eloquence, mate for all times, and go along with family and acquaintances for years. And to those who deal with them and feed them, they generally provide oddly touching presents in go back.

The ongoing connection among people and crows—a cultural coevolution—has formed either species for hundreds of thousands of years. Scientist John Marzluff groups up with artist-naturalist Tony Angell to inform notable tales of those very good birds. With Marzluff’s notable unique examine at the intelligence and startling skills of corvids—crows, ravens, and jays—Angell’s lovely line drawings, and a full of life joint narrative, the authors supply an in-depth examine those complicated creatures and the characteristics and behaviors we percentage, together with language, delinquency, frolic, ardour, wrath, hazard taking, and understanding. Crows assemble round their lifeless, warn of forthcoming doom, realize humans, devote homicide of different crows, entice animals to their loss of life, swill espresso and drink beer, layout and use tools—including automobiles as nutcrackers—and windsurf and sled to play.

With its abundance of humorous, awe-inspiring, and poignant tales, Gifts of the Crow portrays creatures who're not anything in need of outstanding.

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