Amazon Best Books of the Month, April 2012: How do birds experience being alive? Bird behaviorist and scientific historian Tim Birkhead demystifies the world of experience of birds of all feathers from the inside out, showing how their unique physiology gives them sensory powers beyond our own—including the ability to see UV light, echolocate, and migrate by feeling magnetic forces. With the wit and wonder of David Attenborough, he relates how scientists have discovered what it means to be a bird, over centuries and as new technologies have opened a golden age of sensory knowledge. Undaunted by the breathtaking scope of avian diversity, Birkhead explores their varied realities—from “an emperor penguin diving in the inky blackness of the Antarctic seas” to “a flamingo, sensing invisible rain falling hundreds of kilometers away” to a robin, hearing an earthworm’s “tiny bristles rustling against the sides” of his burrow, and dozens more marvelous avians.
Though his subject will appeal most deeply to bird lovers (and those who’ve wondered what it is like to be an ornithologist), Bird Sense will pique the curiosity of anyone interested in how any creature's experience of the world is shaped by the body it inhabits. –Mari Malcolm
Wonderful reading and while I am a neuroscientist and not an ornithologist, it is easy reading for not only me, but any layperson. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Thomas B. Flynn, M.D.
This is an excellent piece of research work that went above my expectations. Specific examples were cited for birds that I knew nothing about, but soon learned about them. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Deborah Hirt
A wonderful read. Essential for anyone concerned with the nearly 10,000 bird species on earth. Also, truly psychoanalytic in a way that introduces psychiatry, psychoanalytics,... Read morePublished 1 month ago by forestsofcorot
The information on the sensing ability of birds is very interesting to someone like me, who is a birder. It is well written and his examples are very informative. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Suzanne Hutchinson
This book is best suited for those wanting to understand how birds perceive their environment. Although primarily concerned with wild birds, it helps those of us with pet birds... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Diana Pederson
This was one of the most interesting biology books I have ever read! Tackling the unique senses of avian creatures in a chapter by chapter way, starting with vision, then... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Troy Blackford
A 'must read' for anyone interested in Natural History and birds in particular. This superbly written book is a masterpiece that I would recommend to any one at all interested in... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ashish Chandola
Totally scientifically documented...It really makes you one with the birds we live with...caution you may consider becoming a vegetarian.... Read morePublished 4 months ago by firstname.lastname@example.org