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An entertaining and profound look at the lives of birds, illuminating their surprising world—and deep connection with
Birds are highly intelligent animals, yet their intelligence is dramatically different from our own and has been
little understood. As scientists come to understand more about the secrets of bird life, they are unlocking fascinating
insights into memory, game theory, and the nature of intelligence itself.
The Thing with Feathers explores the astonishing homing abilities of pigeons, the good deeds of fairy-wrens, the
influential flocking abilities of starlings, the deft artistry of bowerbirds, the extraordinary memories of nutcrackers,
the lifelong loves of albatross, and other mysteries—revealing why birds do what they do, and offering a glimpse into
our own nature.
Noah Strycker is a birder and naturalist who has traveled the world in pursuit of his flighty subjects. Drawing deep
from personal experience, cutting-edge science, and colorful history, he spins captivating stories about the birds in
our midst and reveals the startlingly intimate coexistence of birds and humans. With humor, style, and grace, he shows
how our view of the world is often, and remarkably, through the experience of birds.
Beautiful and wise, funny and insightful, The Thing with Feathers is a gripping and enlightening journey into the
lives of birds.