Bird Brains

But what makes an amazing brain? Some scientists think that birds' big brains may have evolved because flying is a tricky business. Measuring intelligence is challenging, especially in wild animals, but it's fair to say that all birds ...


Author: Jeremy Hyman

Publisher: MoonDance Press

ISBN: 9781633221536

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 80

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Get an in-depth look at how bird brains work! Featuring remarkable bird behaviors, along with full-colour illustrations throughout, this title is a perfect blend of science and entertainment.

Bird Brains

If I were presenting an oscar for America's Funniest Bird, the envelope would clearly say “and the winner is—the American woodcock .” All you have to do is be in an alder shrub swamp at sunset with one to understand why this is true ...


Author: Budd Titlow

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780762797707

Category: Nature

Page: 240

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Through a hundred short vignettes accompanied by stunning avian portraits, Bird Brains takes a look at the antics, behaviors, and idiosyncrasies of wild birds from the viewpoint of a professional wildlife biologist and award-winning wildlife photographer. Titlow understands the often wild and wacky lives of birders--those who are always ready and willing to drop everything at a moment’s notice and "twitch off" to some exotic locations just to add another checkmark to their life lists. His engaging stories, complemented by vivid images, provide a fascinating compendium of wild bird lore perfectly suited to the 65-million-plus birders across the United States.

Bird Brain

What Do Bird Brains Do? 21 WHAT BRAINS DO Brains are a means of interacting with the world, receiving information from different senses— sight, hearing, smell, touch, and taste—which is then interpreted by being compared with stored ...


Author: Nathan Emery

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691165172

Category: Science

Page: 192

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Birds have not been known for their high IQs, which is why a person of questionable intelligence is sometimes called a "birdbrain." Yet in the past two decades, the study of avian intelligence has witnessed dramatic advances. From a time when birds were seen as simple instinct machines responding only to stimuli in their external worlds, we now know that some birds have complex internal worlds as well. This beautifully illustrated book provides an engaging exploration of the avian mind, revealing how science is exploding one of the most widespread myths about our feathered friends—and changing the way we think about intelligence in other animals as well. Bird Brain looks at the structures and functions of the avian brain, and describes the extraordinary behaviors that different types of avian intelligence give rise to. It offers insights into crows, jays, magpies, and other corvids—the “masterminds” of the avian world—as well as parrots and some less-studied species from around the world. This lively and accessible book shows how birds have sophisticated brains with abilities previously thought to be uniquely human, such as mental time travel, self-recognition, empathy, problem solving, imagination, and insight. Written by a leading expert and featuring a foreword by Frans de Waal, renowned for his work on animal intelligence, Bird Brain shines critical new light on the mental lives of birds.

Bird Brain

It's fun.v 'But surely killing birds isn't fim?' said The Rev. “Grandmother's footsteps is fiu1 ... It doesn't take brains to laugh or dance or sing, does it?' said The Rev. 'All humans hate us? ... Let's kill him. For fun.' 127 BIRD BRAIN.


Author: Guy Kennaway

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781448113545

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

View: 948

It begins for Basil 'Banger' Peyton-Crumbe the day he dies in a pheasant-shooting incident. A tragic accident, thinks the local constable, but Banger's gundogs and Buck, the police dog, exhibiting a level of intelligence vastly superior to that of their owners, suspect murder. And for Basil, proud slayer of over 41,000 birds with the cheap old 12-bore he's had since childhood, things go from bad to very bad.

The Secret of the Bird s Smart Brain and More

Then they compared those numbers with those from mammal brains of the same weight.5 Olkowicz and Kocourek discovered that the brains of birds such as parrots and songbirds have twice as many neurons as monkey brains of the same weight.


Author: Ana María Rodríguez

Publisher: Enslow Publishing, LLC

ISBN: 9780766086241

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 48

View: 841

Students will enter the world of scientists as they uncover the secrets behind birds' brains, the most underappreciated of birds’ senses, the way frigate birds fly non-stop, how mama bears protect their cubs, and what grunts and bellows mean for pigs and alligators. Primary sources, including interviews with scientists; full-color original and stock photos; an engaging and approachable writing style that simplifies complicated scientific principles; and a hands-on activity make these informational texts a valuable addition to any library.

Evolutionary Neuroscience

revised the nomenclature of avian brains to replace the terms neostriatum, archistriatum, and paleostriatum – which suggested that brains evolved by the sequential addition of new brain regions – with terms devoid of scala naturae ...


Author: Jon H. Kaas

Publisher: Academic Press

ISBN: 0123751683

Category: Science

Page: 1038

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Evolutionary Neuroscience is a collection of articles in brain evolution selected from the recent comprehensive reference, Evolution of Nervous Systems (Elsevier, Academic Press, 2007). The selected chapters cover a broad range of topics from historical theory to the most recent deductions from comparative studies of brains. The articles are organized in sections focused on theories and brain scaling, the evolution of brains from early vertebrates to present-day fishes, amphibians, reptiles and birds, the evolution of mammalian brains, and the evolution of primate brains, including human brains. Each chapter is written by a leader or leaders in the field, and has been reviewed by other experts. Specific topics include brain character reconstruction, principles of brain scaling, basic features of vertebrate brains, the evolution of the major sensory systems, and other parts of brains, what we can learn from fossils, the origin of neocortex, and the evolution of specializations of human brains. The collection of articles will be interesting to anyone who is curious about how brains evolved from the simpler nervous systems of the first vertebrates into the many different complex forms now found in present-day vertebrates. This book would be of use to students at the graduate or undergraduate levels, as well as professional neuroscientists, cognitive scientists, and psychologists. Together, the chapters provide a comprehensive list of further reading and references for those who want to inquire further. • The most comprehensive, authoritative and up-to-date single volume collection on brain evolution • Full color throughout, with many illustrations • Written by leading scholars and experts

What Is a Bird

Although the term 'bird brain' has historically been used as an insult, we now know that bird cognition is as complex as that of most mammals, and that the brains responsible for this cognition are also at least as complex.


Author: Tony D. Williams

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691211879

Category: Nature

Page: 368

View: 547

A large-format, beautifully illustrated look at the natural history of birds There are some 10,000 bird species in existence today, occupying every continent and virtually every habitat on Earth. The variety of bird species is truly astounding, from the tiny bee hummingbird to the large flightless ostrich, making birds one of the most diverse and successful animal groups on the planet. Taking you inside the extraordinary world of birds, What Is a Bird? explores all aspects of these remarkable creatures, providing an up-close look at their morphology, unique internal anatomy and physiology, fascinating and varied behavior, and ecology. It features hundreds of color illustrations and draws on a broad range of examples, from the familiar backyard sparrow to the most exotic birds of paradise. A must-have book for birders and armchair naturalists, What Is a Bird? is a celebration of the rich complexity of bird life. An absorbing and beautifully presented exploration of the natural history of birds Integrates physiological adaptations with ecology and behavior Features a wealth of color photographs and explanatory figures Uses scanning electron microscope imagery to provide a rare close-up view of structures not normally visible Provides insights into our complex relationship with birds, from our enduring fascination with them to the threats they face and the challenges of conservation

Handbook of Bird Biology

7.7 Bird brains The term “bird brain” in everyday language is a mild insult, implying a tiny brain with little intelligence. One of the more exciting developments in avian physiology has been the discovery of just how poorly this ...


Author: Irby J. Lovette

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118291054

Category: Science

Page: 730

View: 276

Selected by as one of the 12 best books about birds and birding in 2016 This much-anticipated third edition of the Handbook of Bird Biology is an essential and comprehensive resource for everyone interested in learning more about birds, from casual bird watchers to formal students of ornithology. Wherever you study birds your enjoyment will be enhanced by a better understanding of the incredible diversity of avian lifestyles. Arising from the renowned Cornell Lab of Ornithology and authored by a team of experts from around the world, the Handbook covers all aspects of avian diversity, behaviour, ecology, evolution, physiology, and conservation. Using examples drawn from birds found in every corner of the globe, it explores and distills the many scientific discoveries that have made birds one of our best known - and best loved - parts of the natural world. This edition has been completely revised and is presented with more than 800 full color images. It provides readers with a tool for life-long learning about birds and is suitable for bird watchers and ornithology students, as well as for ecologists, conservationists, and resource managers who work with birds. The Handbook of Bird Biology is the companion volume to the Cornell Lab’s renowned distance learning course, Ornithology: Comprehensive Bird Biology.

1001 Questions Answered about Birds

BIRD BRAINS 202. Is the slang term " bird brain , “ indicating a light brain or a brainless person , an apt one ? On the contrary , the brain of a bird is very large and heavy in proportion to the weight of its body . 203.


Author: Allan D. Cruickshank

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486233154

Category: Nature

Page: 340

View: 836

Presents a wealth of information on the characteristics, habits, and habitats of birds

The Origins of Music

Complementing this information , we know from the analysis of brain size in many living species of mammals that diversification with respect to relative size included ... The fossil record on the evolution of bird brains is limited .


Author: Nils L. Wallin

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 0262731436

Category: Music

Page: 512

View: 762

The book can be viewed as representing the birth of evolutionary biomusicology. What biological and cognitive forces have shaped humankind's musical behavior and the rich global repertoire of musical structures? What is music for, and why does every human culture have it? What are the universal features of music and musical behavior across cultures? In this groundbreaking book, musicologists, biologists, anthropologists, archaeologists, psychologists, neuroscientists, ethologists, and linguists come together for the first time to examine these and related issues. The book can be viewed as representing the birth of evolutionary biomusicology—the study of which will contribute greatly to our understanding of the evolutionary precursors of human music, the evolution of the hominid vocal tract, localization of brain function, the structure of acoustic-communication signals, symbolic gesture, emotional manipulation through sound, self-expression, creativity, the human affinity for the spiritual, and the human attachment to music itself. Contributors Simha Arom, Derek Bickerton, Steven Brown, Ellen Dissanayake, Dean Falk, David W. Frayer, Walter Freeman, Thomas Geissmann, Marc D. Hauser, Michel Imberty, Harry Jerison, Drago Kunej, François-Bernard Mâche, Peter Marler, Björn Merker, Geoffrey Miller, Jean Molino, Bruno Nettl, Chris Nicolay, Katharine Payne, Bruce Richman, Peter J.B. Slater, Peter Todd, Sandra Trehub, Ivan Turk, Maria Ujhelyi, Nils L. Wallin, Carol Whaling