Caw of the Wild:Observations from the Secret World of Crows and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Qty:1
  • List Price: $15.95
  • Save: $0.88 (6%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Caw of the Wild: Observat... has been added to your Cart
+ $3.99 shipping
Used: Acceptable | Details
Sold by Empire Media
Condition: Used: Acceptable
Comment: COVER HAS MINOR WEAR TO CORNERS/EDGES, SCUFFING AND SHELFWEAR. E6-110 Acceptable Condition: May include notes, markings, underlining, highlighting. Bent corners, scuffed edges and creased pages. Cover may have minor small tears, creasing, denting, scuffing, chipping, worn edges and shelf wear. Staining and water damage may be present in parts of the book. Your purchase of this used item will go towards the funding of programs for the Goodwill Industries of the Redwood Empire where we are "Changing lives and strengthening communities, through the dignity and power of work!"
Sell yours for a Gift Card
We'll buy it for $2.03
Learn More
Trade in now
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Caw of the Wild: Observations from the Secret World of Crows Paperback – September 19, 2005


See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
$15.07
$10.90 $10.14

Best Books of the Month
See the Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.
$15.07 FREE Shipping on orders over $35. In Stock. Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

Caw of the Wild: Observations from the Secret World of Crows + Bird Brains: The Intelligence of Crows, Ravens, Magpies, and Jays + In the Company of Crows and Ravens
Price for all three: $48.96

Buy the selected items together


Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Barb Kirpluk lives in the Midwest where she works as an interior landscaper. She has turned her small backyard into a wildlife oasis for all birds, but especially her beloved crows.
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 174 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Inc. (September 19, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595362680
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595362684
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #416,687 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

I enjoyed these anecdotes and learned a lot about crow behavior.
E. Kasper
Although I found her writing style to be slightly distracting, it actually adds to the personal feel of the book, so it's a very minor complaint.
D. Dodd
With a beautiful and engaging style, the author tells of her personal experiences with four families of crows from her neighborhood.
J. Salerno

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

60 of 62 people found the following review helpful By J. Salerno on January 8, 2006
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
With a beautiful and engaging style, the author tells of her personal experiences with four families of crows from her neighborhood. The details she gives are so thorough and heartwarming, you will come to know her crow friends as if you were actually there with her, experiencing what she did. You'll be drawn in and captivated as the human relationship with them evolves and strenghthens. You'll also learn much about crow behavior, and when you're not sure why the crows are behaving a certain way, the intuitive author offers her theories, which are quite plausible.

The second part of the book tells of her experiences while volunteering at a wildlife rehabilitation center, as she studies the behavior of the two indoor and three outdoor crows which reside there. Because they are confined to a cage, individual personalities as well as the relationships between the three outdoor crows can be intimately viewed.

If you are at all interested in befriending crows, or are just curious what they are like, I can't imagine a better book to read. Crows are so intelligent; I especially loved the emotional bond that developed between crow and human. This is one of the best books I have ever read!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
46 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 13, 2005
Format: Paperback
Vivid prose packed with informative engaging stories of crows the author has studied over the course of several years. This study of crows is both personal and rich in extraordinary anecdotes. The author's patience at befriending the crows pays off in up close insights about their lives that puts in practice what ornithologists have discovered and written about in scholarly type books and journals. This is a very entertaining journey through a very compelling subject. If you love birds, and were ever the least bit interested in crows you won't be disappointed.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Dawn Killen-Courtney VINE VOICE on September 22, 2006
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I had this book pop up quite awhile on Amazon, probably based on prior crow searches I'd done, but it took me awhile to order it. Once I did, two things got me right away. The first was the author's dedication to her grandmother, and the memory of her beloved canaries, for didn't my own granmother gently hold her canaries (each suceeding bird always named Dickie bird) in her hand as she trimmed their nails? Then, the first line of the introduction grabbed my attention: "I loved crows even before I knew I did." Me too! And though my love for them didn't take me as deeply into their lives as Barb went, their presence on the periphery of mine was certainly profound, as they lived around me in my busy suburban life, and quite confidently swaggered their way into my writing, ending up as pivotal characters in my fantasy series. It's just like them, they're there and they let you know it, one way or the other!

Caw of the Wild to me stands as a very unique book among those I have read on corvids, because Barb is not a trained biologist, but thinks like one whose heart is still connected to her brain. I guess that's what I mean about this being a very unique book. I love the feeling I got reading it and knowing there's a kindred spirit out there too, who can see the wonderous individuality in each bird. Really, she gives each reader a gift in sharing this incredible experience, that is more than worth the price of admission. Highly recommended.

Dawn Killen-Courtney,

author of The Trollton Chronicles
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By D. Donovan, Editor/Sr. Reviewer on March 18, 2006
Format: Paperback
CAW OF THE WILD: OBSERVATIONS FROM THE SECRET WORLD OF CROWS arrived nearly simultaneously to CROWS and provides an intriguing contrast in style and approach. Barb Kirpluk is a passionate observer of crows and here shares her findings while tracking three urban crow families through their daily routines. She's befriended them, gained their trust, and thus provides a more personal observational style on crow habits and social relationships, including a healthy dose of scientific literature but adding a personal touch which brings the crow family to life.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on January 6, 2007
Format: Paperback
It's unusual to find two specific bird books on the same species in the same publishing season, but CAW OF THE WILD: OBSERVATIONS FROM THE SECRET WORLD OF CROWS arrived nearly simultaneously to CROWS and provides an intriguing contrast in style and approach. Barb Kirpluk is a passionate observer of crows and here shares her findings while tracking three urban crow families through their daily routines. She's befriended them, gained their trust, and thus provides a more personal observational style on crow habits and social relationships, including a healthy dose of scientific literature but adding a personal touch which brings the crow family to life.

Diane C. Donovan

California Bookwatch
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By RobRoy on September 24, 2009
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Thoroughly enjoyable account of one person's discovery of fascinating, intelligent crows. This is not a dry, academic treatise ... it is a warm and interesting account by a person who loved these strange birds and did a fantastic job documenting and describing their behavior and their varied vocal communications. The author even maintains a website where you can listen to different crow voices, some that I never imagined crows would make.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. Castell on December 16, 2010
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is a simple, personal account of long term encounters with crows. Great for us Corvid lovers. It's not scientific nor great literature, but feels like a conversation with a friend who really knows crows. I like the simple narration.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
Caw of the Wild: Observations from the Secret World of Crows
This item: Caw of the Wild: Observations from the Secret World of Crows
Price: $15.95 $15.07
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?