The Thing with Feathers - Noah Strycker

The Thing with Feathers

By Noah Strycker

  • Release Date: 2014-03-20
  • Genre: Nature
4 Score: 4 (From 11 Ratings)

Book Synopsis

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 we learn more about the secrets of bird life, we are unlocking fascinating insights into memory, relationships, 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 albatrosses, and other mysteries—revealing why birds do what they do, and offering a glimpse into our own nature.

Drawing deep from personal experience, cutting-edge science, and colorful history, Noah Strycker spins captivating stories about the birds in our midst and shares 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. You’ve never read a book about birds like this one.

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Latest Impressions

  • For the Birds ... Not!

    By SaniDel
    This book is for anyone who is fascinated by birds and wants to learn more about birds. In particular, it is for anyone who thinks that we have more in common with birds than biology. There are other bipedal animals, but none that so remind us of us by their behavior if not their appearance. We may be apes and we resemble other apes, but we are the only apes that sing, dance, court and love like birds! This book is especially for anyone who loves birds enough to watch them, feed them and especially to care for them. Whether you have a pet bird, feed the neighborhood song birds or watch hummingbirds duel over your sugar water... you will find much to enjoy in this book!
  • The Thing with Feathers

    By jddavidson
    Fascinating and well written!