Bird Sense

What It’s Like to Be a Bird

Hvordan er det å være en tårnseiler og fly i hundre kilometer i timen? Eller en kiwi i den fuktige underskogen i stummende mørke av en New Zealand natt? Denne boka forsøker å svare på det – hvordan er det å være en fugl.

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Forlag:Bloomsbury Publishing
Forfatter:Tim Birkhead

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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 birds’ 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, it identifies ways we can escape from them to seek 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 their senses. A lifetime spent studying birds has provided
Tim Birkhead with a wealth of observation and an understanding of birds and
their behaviour that is firmly grounded in science.