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  • Bird Sense

  • What It's Like to Be a Bird
  • De : Tim Birkhead
  • Lu par : Robin Sachs
  • Durée : 7 h et 18 min
  • 5,0 out of 5 stars (2 notations)

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    What is it like to be a swift, flying at over one hundred kilometres an hour? Or a kiwi, plodding flightlessly among the humid undergrowth in the pitch dark of a New Zealand night? And what is going on inside the head of a nightingale as it sings, and how does its brain improvise?

    Bird Sense addresses questions like these and many more, by describing the senses of birds that enable them to interpret their environment and to interact with each other. Our affinity for birds is often said to be the result of shared senses - vision and hearing - but how exactly do their senses compare with our own? And what about a bird's sense of taste, or smell, or touch, or the ability to detect the earth's magnetic field? Or the extraordinary ability of desert birds to detect rain hundreds of kilometres away - how do they do it?

    Bird Sense is based on a conviction that we have consistently underestimated what goes on in a bird's head. Our understanding of bird behaviour is simultaneously informed and constrained by the way we watch and study them. By drawing attention to the way these frameworks both facilitate and inhibit discovery, Birkhead identifies ways we can escape from them to explore new horizons in bird behaviour.

    There has never been a popular book about the senses of birds. No one has previously looked at how birds interpret the world or the way the behaviour of birds is shaped by all their senses. A lifetime spent studying birds has provided Tim Birkhead with a wealth of observation and a unique understanding of birds and their behaviour that is firmly grounded in science.

    ©2012 Tim Birkhead (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    • Kathy in CA
    • 14/11/2017

    Are You A Serious Birdwatcher?

    If so, this is a book that should really be of interest to you. I have been watching birds for over 20 years. Recently, I started photographing them as well, which really adds to the fun. But after a significant time, I found that I was rarely seeing new birds to add to my life list, my state list, my backyard list, etc. So I have found myself wanting to know more about the birds I am seeing repeatedly. I want to know more about their behaviors and more about how these birds perceive the world.

    Birds' senses and perception of their world is well-researched and covered in Bird Sense in a scientific and thorough manner by bird behaviorist and historian, Tim Birkhead. Robin Sachs does a great narration. The entire book was informative and very engaging. It should be very enjoyable and interesting for bird lovers with a scientific bent.

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    • Tyler C
    • 24/07/2014

    The science of the science of bird senses

    This book not only tells you what the birds experience, but how we know what they experience. There are many interesting facts both about birds and the pioneers that discovered those facts and what experiments uncovered them. It's organized by sense, which I thought was helpful in visualizing bird life. If you like books that make the world around you more interesting, this is the book for you.

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    • Chris
    • 27/07/2014

    Fascinating facts about birds

    If you like learning cool facts about animal behavior, you'll love this book. Full of surprising information on how various species of bird perceive the world, and how that drives their behavior. Good narrator, kept my interest.

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    • Fay T. Ratta
    • 03/06/2019

    Narrator is clueless

    This was such a frustrating listen. It's like someone told the narrator "this is non-fiction...just use no inflection". He never varied even when you knew the author was making a reference that NEEDED inflection.
    Paraphrasing here:
    "I went to the Florida Everglades - home of rednecks and Deliverance - to look at birds."
    Our narrator read it as if this were a fact contained in the sentence "birds have wings and can fly" instead of with wry humor. There are so many instances of this! I feel bad for the author and hope he never listened to this. Who vets these narrators? Does the author have any say in how they interpret his words?

    The content was interesting and deepened my knowledge of birds. But it was a slog to get through.

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    • Jim
    • 30/09/2017

    Wet Your Beak a Little

    This book is for bird watchers and nature buffs, like me. We read/listen not just for entertainment but to also mine bits of information to impress our friends and make them jealous. Here are bits pulled from Mr. Birkhead’s book: Pigeons navigate by detecting the magnetic pole through molecules of magnetite imbedded in their right eye. The brain areas of neo-tropical songbirds concerned with sound swell during nesting season, then shrink the rest of the year to save energy. Tiny hummingbirds have two areas of great visual acuity at the back of their retina, the same as hawks. Cave-dwelling oilbirds echolocate like bats, but not as well. Kiwis can hardly see but probe with a bill so sensitive it not only smells earthworms but senses their body mass under the dirt. Owl ears are fine tuned to pick up the higher resonances made by rodents. The inside of ducks’ bills are lined with nerves that separate food from grit in a split second as the birds dabble. And so on, and so on. The author is a British ornithologist who specializes in seabirds, but gives information about a range of different types. He writes well and the narration is good. Use the book to increase your personal bird knowledge.

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    • Diana
    • 07/07/2014

    Beautifully written and narrated science of birds

    This book was more scientific than I expected, but surprisingly entertaining.

    The author has a beautiful writing style and uses words artfully. A wry sense of humor dotted the scientific information but the keen observations of birds, surroundings, and even other scientists made this book very enjoyable.

    The narrator's voice is wonderful.

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    • Alessandro
    • 01/06/2014

    If you did not love birds before you will!

    What did you love best about Bird Sense?

    Very well and entertainingly written and read. Informative but not dull in any way. Amazing and startling.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The writer, Professor Birkhead is very knowledgeable and writes in an easy to understand and flowing style that is a pleasure to just sit and listen, and listen...

    Which character – as performed by Robin Sachs – was your favorite?

    Not applicable. But Robin Sachs is a sensitive and pleasant reader.

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Some of the early (two hundred years or more ago) experiments that were performed on some of the birds species made me cringe in shame for our callousness.

    Any additional comments?

    One of the best books I have listened to in a long time. I hope audible will bring to us more of Tim Birkhead's work, hopefully with the same reader.

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    • Desmond Lobo
    • 23/05/2017

    Awesome

    I have heard this book a few hundred times and will continue to do so.

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    • Iben Krutt
    • 28/10/2016

    Must read for bird lovers

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    Very informative, although somewhat dry. I enjoyed it and thought it was very on point and in depth at the time I read it. If you have little interest in birds and/or animal anatomy and behavior, this book isn’t for you. However, for the science-minded animal lover, it comes highly recommended.

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    • Angela
    • 29/03/2016

    entertaining

    not only did I learn quite a bit about birds, it was also laugh out loud funny. Good reader and good writer.

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