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The Bird Way

a New Look at How Birds Talk, Work, Play, Parent, and Think
Feb 17, 2021PimaLib_NormS rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
I like birds. If I could be something other than an old human, I would like to be a young bird. Imagine being able to take flight at any time, under your own power, soaring into the wild blue yonder high amongst the clouds, to . . . oh . . . sorry, sometimes I get carried away. The point is, I like birds and Jennifer Ackerman has written a wonderfully informative book about birds entitled: “The Bird Way: A New Look at How Birds Talk, Work, Play, Parent, and Think”. Ackerman has traveled the world seeking knowledge about birds, and boy, did she find it. She writes of extensive research that proves birds to be way more complex than humans ever believed possible. It used to be that birds were thought of as instinctual creatures who only behaved in ways that were important to propagate the species. While there is plenty of that kind of behavior in the avian world, there is accumulating evidence that birds engage in activities for fun or pleasure, too. They communicate and cooperate with each other, and some use tools to achieve a desired result. And it was thought only humans and other big-brained mammals could do such things. For anyone interested in birds and their sometimes inexplicable behaviors, “The Bird Way” is an excellent resource. Since I have said all I have to say about it, I will close with the immortal words of REO Speedwagon, “Time for me to fly . . . “