Bird Sense: What It's Like To Be A Bird [Hardback]
- Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Publication Date:
- 02 February 2012
- Wildlife: Birds & Birdwatching
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I have been fascinated by birds all my life so I latched on to this book right away. Also, I took a year of animal behavior in college plus lab for a semester and also took a course in physiological psychology. Why am I telling you that? Because this book does use a lot of technical terms and refers to history of research behind each topic, I think that without an interest in birds, a reader might get discouraged or even bored but without a background in the technical terms, a reader may be lost or spend some time with the glossary in the back of the book.This book is divided into different topics: Seeing, Hearing, Touch, Taste, Smell, Magnetic Sense and Emotions. Besides the glossary in the back, there is a section on notes with references, a bibliography, and index and a postscript. My favorite chapter in this book is the one on Seeing. I had read recently in an article on the Internet that birds see more colors than we do. Humans have three different kinds of photoreceptors or commonly called cones. Ours are red, green and blue so all the colors that we perceive from those kinds of cones. But birds have the same cones but ultraviolent in addition. Because I don't know enough about UV light this fact makes me feel like I am fishing in the dark. I have cockatiels as pets. When I come home from my UVB treatment (as prescribed by a dermatologist) can they actually see a difference in me? Reading the information from the research prompted many interesting questions.Here are just some of the questions that this book answers:Can birds fly and sleep at the same time?How can raptors see in very dim light?What part of bird ears can grow back?What career would John James Audubon have followed if he had obeyed his father's wishes?What could prompt a bird to murder another bird?I recommend this book to all bird lovers and people who really want to know how birds perceive the world.I received this book from the Amazon Vine Program and that in no way influenced my review.
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