In an entertaining and perceptive account of the lives of birds, from watching penguins in Antarctica to testing turkey vultures' sense of smell, Noah Strycker illuminates the surprising world of birds and their secret life. In observing birds' intelligence and their emotional, even artistic, life scientists have unlocked fascinating insights into memory, game theory and the nature of intelligence itself.
They explore what birds can teach us about humanity.
Drawing on cutting-edge scientific research, along with his personal experience (Strycker has travelled all over the world birdwatching) with colourful anecdotes about the intimate co-existence of birds and man The Magic and Mystery of Birdsis a thoughtful and engaging look at how we often view the world through the experience of birds. "Noah Strycker's illuminating - and, actually, rather moving - new book is a welcome reminder that we have much more to learn from the animal kingdom than we can even begin to know.
Asking searching questions about why birds behave as they do, he offers poetic insights into our own existence... And what he has to tell us is fascinating." - Daily Mail"This beautifully written book is a treasure trove of information on the avian world, from the life-long relationship of the albatross to the remarkable memory of the nutcracker." - BBC Countryfile"An account of the lives of birds, and draws intriguing parallels with our own world, as well as possible lessons we can learn from our feathered friends." - Choice