Bird Brains

Bird Brains

The Intelligence of Crows, Ravens, Magpies, and Jays

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Internationally celebrated nature writer Candace Savage presents the Corvid family-- surprisingly bright, brassy, and colorful birds--in a remarkable collection of full-color, close-up photographs by some of the world's best wildlife photographers.

Birds have long been viewed as the archetypal featherbrains--beautiful but dumb. But according to naturalist Candace Savage, "bird brain," as a pejorative expression, should be rendered obsolete by new research on the family of corvids: crows and their close relations.

The ancients who regarded these remarkable birds as oracles, bringers of wisdom, or agents of vengeance were on the right track, for corvids appear to have powers of abstraction, memory, and creativity that put them on a par with many mammals, even higher primates. Bird Brains presents these bright, brassy, and surprisingly colorful birds in a remarkable collection of full-color, close-up photographs by some two dozen of the world's best wildlife photographers.

Savage's lively, authoritative text describes the life and behavior of sixteen representative corvid species that inhabit North America and Europe. Drawing on recent research, she describes birds that recognize each other as individuals, call one another by "name," remember and relocate thousands of hidden food caches, engage in true teamwork and purposeful play, and generally exhibit an extraordinary degree of sophistication.
Publisher: Vancouver :, Greystone Books,, [2018]
Edition: Revised edition
ISBN: 9781771644259
Branch Call Number: 598.864 SAV
Characteristics: x, 136 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm


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Apr 07, 2014

Crows are probably the most encountered "wild animals" we city- and suburban dwellers see. This book will confirm in detail what you've probably suspected just from casually observing them. They're quite bright: they figure things out, especially how they can use us in their constant search for food. Read this book and enjoy your sightings more of crows and their near relatives, such as jays. You'll admire them all the more.

Dec 02, 2010

Both a visual and intellectual treat. The capacity for learning and creativity in these birds is astounding, as are the photographs.

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Dec 17, 2010

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