The Thing with Feathers: The Surprising Lives of Birds and What They Reveal About Being Human

The Thing with Feathers: The Surprising Lives of Birds and What They Reveal About Being Human

An entertaining and profound look at the lives of birds, illuminating their surprising world—and deep connection with humanity.

Birds are highly intelligent animals, yet their intelligence is dramatically different from our own and has been little understood. As scientists come to understand more about the secrets of bird life, they are unlocking fascinating insights into memory, game theory, and the nature of intelligence itself.

The Thing with Feathers explores the astonishing homing abilities of pigeons, the good deeds of fairy-wrens, the influential flocking abilities of starlings, the deft artistry of bowerbirds, the extraordinary memories of nutcrackers, the lifelong loves of albatross, and other mysteries—revealing why birds do what they do, and offering a glimpse into our own nature.

Noah Strycker is a birder and naturalist who has traveled the world in pursuit of his flighty subjects. Drawing deep from personal experience, cutting-edge science, and colorful history, he spins captivating stories about the birds in our midst and reveals the startlingly intimate coexistence of birds and humans. With humor, style, and grace, he shows how our view of the world is often, and remarkably, through the experience of birds.

Beautiful and wise, funny and insightful, The Thing with Feathers is a gripping and enlightening journey into the lives of birds.

Title:The Thing with Feathers: The Surprising Lives of Birds and What They Reveal About Being Human
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781594486357
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    The Thing with Feathers: The Surprising Lives of Birds and What They Reveal About Being Human Reviews

  • Petra-XoPlanet

    I loved this book. I want to give it 10 stars just for the sheer enjoyment of reading it. It's so well written, well-researched and beautifully, tightly edited. It was a real experience reading it. Th...

  • Zola

    I can't even handle that Noah Strycker is my age and he's already written two books about birds I AM WASTING MY LIFE...

  • Jaylia3

    Author Noah Strycker is not someone to sit back and enjoy birds from a distance. He’s trekked within a few feet of a mating albatross pair, grabbed hold of penguins to attach GPS tags, and as a teen...

  • Coral

    I love birds and really enjoy learning about them, especially about bird behavior, so it was with great excitement that I agreed to review this book. And overall, it is enjoyable and educational, full...

  • Biblio Files (takingadayoff)

    This could have been titled Birds and Philosophy. Noah Strycker illustrates interesting behavior in the bird world, and compares it with human behavior. Sometimes it's unexpected behavior, other times...

  • Charlie

    I really enjoyed this book. It wasn't trying to make any earth-shaking points, and most of the science was probably basic for people with a strong interest in ornithology. Still, it often had me excla...

  • Sylvia

    My step-daughter gave this to me for my birthday. I wasn't sure I would like it and would never have chosen it to read. But I read it and it is wonderful. The author has been intrigued with birds sinc...

  • Ashley Seymour

    I really enjoyed this book. If you are even remotely interested in bird behavior, I highly recommend it. or human and other smart animal behavior b/c he covers it all- art, love, memory, etc. Did you ...

  • Ian

    This was a fairly light, entertaining read crafted by an ornithologist who has a flair with words about birds. Strycker keeps things fairly light, and although he gets into some incredible scientific ...

  • ?Kimari?

    You might also enjoy:✱ One Wild Bird at a Time: Portraits of Individual Lives✱ Mind of the Raven✱ Winter World: The Ingenuity of Animal Survival✱ Summer World: A Season of Bounty✱ Pilgrim at...