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The Genius of Birds by Jennifer Ackerman
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The Genius of Birds (original 2016; edition 2016)

by Jennifer Ackerman (Author)

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"Birds are astonishingly intelligent creatures. In fact, according to revolutionary new research, some birds rival primates and even humans in their remarkable forms of intelligence. Like humans, many birds have enormous brains relative to their size. Although small, bird brains are packed with neurons that allow them to punch well above their weight. In The Genius of Birds, acclaimed author Jennifer Ackerman explores the newly discovered brilliance of birds and how it came about."--provided by publisher.… (more)
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Title:The Genius of Birds
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Info:Penguin Press (2016), Edition: Illustrated, 352 pages
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The Genius of Birds by Jennifer Ackerman (2016)

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    Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness by Peter Godfrey-Smith (Bookmarque)
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A fun collection of research and anecdotes about bird intelligence. While a few of the facts are repeated here and there (caching stories especially) overall it was interesting and enjoyable ( )
  cspiwak | Mar 6, 2024 |
3.5 stars

As the title suggests, this book looks at bird intelligence. How intelligent are birds? And how do we measure this?

It’s hard to base intelligence on what humans think is smart. I think it’s similar to culturally-biased IQ tests, really. Birds don’t need to know the same things as humans. That being said, there are things that birds know or can figure out that is comparable to humans and/or other primates. They are smart, IMO. Most of us know how smart corvids (crows, ravens, etc) are, but other birds are smart, too, in different ways, including sparrows, pigeons… some birds that aren’t “traditionally” thought of as smart. Some of the things discussed in the book include songs, migration, tools, aesthetically—pleasing displays, etc. I listened to the audio, but I bet I would have taken in more had I actually read it in print or via ebook. ( )
  LibraryCin | Jan 20, 2024 |
Издательство «Альпина нон-фикшн» продолжает прививать отечественному читателю вкус к научпопу. На Западе не самые на первый взгляд очевидные сюжеты вызывают восторги и становятся книгами года по версии The New York Times. Теперь и у нас есть возможность познакомиться с одним из таких примеров.

За последние два десятилетия ученые пристальнее присмотрелись к птицам, и со всего мира потекли сведения о птахах, способных к умственным подвигам, сравнимым с теми, что под силу лишь приматам. Есть, например, птица, создающая красочные узоры из ягод, кусочков стекла и цветов, чтобы привлечь самок, а другой вид скрывает до 33 000 семян, разбросав их на десятки квадратных километров, и помнит, где они спрятаны. Существует вид, решающий классическую головоломку почти с такой же скоростью, что и пятилетний ребенок, а другой является экспертом по взлому замков. Обнаружились птицы, умеющие совершать простые вычисления, делать орудия труда, двигаться в такт музыке, постигать основные принципы физики, помнить прошлое и планировать будущее.

А еще они быстро учатся и распространяют знание: синичка с обложки выполняет трюк по открыванию молочной бутылки. Синицы научились этому в 1921-м в одном из уголков Англии, а к 1949-му занимались этим уже по всей стране. По падальщикам в Зимбабве можно определять, где остались минные поля. Нет, они ждут не людей, а антилоп, которых мины подают уже «готовыми к употреблению».

Вообще полет — универсальное решение всех жизненных проблем. Поэтому птицы, которые не мигрируют, как правило, умнее летунов. С другой стороны, на полет уходит в 10–30 раз больше калорий, поэтому голуби до последнего будут стараться убежать, а не отлететь от ваших ног и колес. Продолжать в таком духе можно долго. «Эти гениальные птицы» — просто кладезь новой и неожиданной информации о чудесах рядом с нами. ( )
  Den85 | Jan 3, 2024 |
green
  GHA.Library | Apr 29, 2023 |
Chaptered roughly by topic: toolmaking, social interaction, navigation, etc., this book discusses many different kinds of mental abilities. I'm astounded by the amount of reading of scientific papers the author must have done! And I don't have to guess how much as she heavily annotates her assertions in the nearly 100 pages of endnotes. I have to confess that each chapter got tedious before its end, and I did do quite a bit of skimming. ( )
  JudyGibson | Jan 26, 2023 |
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Ackerman wants us to “appreciate the complex cognitive abilities of birds in their own right and not because they look like some aspect of our own.”

"Often, you feel her wonderment, faintly recognizing another, strange intelligence covertly operating in a world we presume to be ours: the one pecking at our muffin crumbs, the quick specks in the sky."
added by rybie2 | editNew York Times, Jon Mooallem (May 1, 2016)
 

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Ackerman, Jenniferprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Burgoyne, JohnIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hysing, Shu-ChinTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McMillian, MicheleDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nugroho, EunikeCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wilson, GabrieleCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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FOR KARL, WITH ALL MY LOVE
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For a long time, the knock on birds was that they're stupid.
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"Birds are astonishingly intelligent creatures. In fact, according to revolutionary new research, some birds rival primates and even humans in their remarkable forms of intelligence. Like humans, many birds have enormous brains relative to their size. Although small, bird brains are packed with neurons that allow them to punch well above their weight. In The Genius of Birds, acclaimed author Jennifer Ackerman explores the newly discovered brilliance of birds and how it came about."--provided by publisher.

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