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    DescriptionMost people would love to be able to fly like a bird, but few of us are aware of the other sensations that make being a bird a gloriously unique experience. What is going on inside the head of a nightingale as it sings, and how does its brain improvise? How do desert birds detect rain hundreds of kilometers away? How do birds navigate by using an innate magnetic compass?Tracing the history of how our knowledge about birds has grown, particularly through advances in technology over the past fifty years, "Bird Sense "tells captivating stories about how birds interact with one another and their environment. More advanced testing methods have debunked previously held beliefs, such as female starlings selecting mates based on how symmetrical the male's plumage markings are. (Whereas females can discern the difference between symmetrical and asymmetrical markings, they are not very good at detecting small differences among symmetrically marked males!)Never before has there been a popular book about how intricately bird behavior is shaped by birds' senses. A lifetime spent studying birds has provided Tim Birkhead with a wealth of fieldwork experiences, insights, and a unique understanding of birds, all firmly grounded in science. No one who reads "Bird Sense "can fail to be dazzled by it.


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    Title
    Bird Sense
    Subtitle
    What It's Like to Be a Bird
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Tim Birkhead, By (author) Tim R Birkhead
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 288
    Width: 142 mm
    Height: 213 mm
    Thickness: 33 mm
    Weight: 363 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780802779663
    ISBN 10: 0802779662
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCI
    BIC subject category V2: WNCB
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S7.3
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: PSVW6
    DC21: 598
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    Ingram Subject Code: SE
    Libri: I-SE
    B&T Merchandise Category: SCI
    B&T General Subject: 710
    BISAC V2.8: SCI070000
    DC22: 598
    Abridged Dewey: 598
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 16750
    BISAC V2.8: NAT043000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: SCI070040
    LC subject heading: , , , ,
    LC classification: QL698 .B57 2012
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Publisher
    WALKER & CO
    Imprint name
    WALKER & CO
    Publication date
    24 April 2012
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Tim Birkhead teaches animal behavior and the history of science at the University of Sheffield. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of London and the author of several books, including "The Wisdom of Birds; The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Ornithology, " which won the McColvin Medal; and "The Red Canary," which won the Consul Cremer Prize. He lives in Sheffield, England.