By Sy Montgomery
Meet the women: a flock of shrewdpermanent, affectionate, hugely individualistic chickens who stopover at their favourite buddies, devise other ways to conceal from foxes, and mob the writer like she’s a rock superstar. In those pages you’ll additionally meet Maya and Zuni, orphaned child hummingbirds who hatched from eggs the scale of army beans, and who're little greater than air bubbles fringed with feathers. Their lives grasp precariously within the balance—but with human support, they could in the future overcome the sky.
Snowball is a cockatoo whose dance video went viral on YouTube and who’s now educating schoolchildren find out how to dance. You’ll meet Harris’s hawks named hearth and Smoke. And you’ll come to understand and love a number of alternative avian characters who will switch your brain ceaselessly approximately who birds rather are.
Each of those birds indicates a distinct and totally stunning point of what makes a chook a bird—and those are the teachings of Birdology: that birds are a ways stranger, extra wondrous, and even as extra like us than we would have dared to visualize. In Birdology, liked writer of The reliable stable Pig Sy Montgomery explores the essence of the otherworldly creatures we see each day. in terms of her adventures with seven birds—wild, tame, unique, and common—she weaves new medical insights and narrative to bare seven kernels of fowl knowledge.
The first lesson of Birdology is that, regardless of how universal they're, Birds Are members, as every one of Montgomery’s designated women essentially exhibits. within the leech-infested rain woodland of Queensland, you’ll come nose to nose with a cassowary—a 150-pound, man-tall, flightless fowl with a helmet of bone on its head and a slashing razor-like toenail with which it (occasionally) eviscerates people—proof that Birds Are Dinosaurs. You’ll examine from hawks that Birds Are Fierce; from pigeons, how Birds locate Their manner domestic; from parrots, what it signifies that Birds Can speak; and from 50,000 crows who moved right into a small city’s downtown, that Birds Are all over the place. they're the winged extraterrestrial beings who encompass us.
Birdology explains simply how very "other" birds are: Their hearts appear like these of crocodiles. they're lined with transformed scales, that are referred to as feathers. Their bones are hole. Their our bodies are permeated with wide air sacs. they've got no fingers. they offer start to eggs. but regardless of birds’ and humans’ disparate evolutionary paths, we proportion emotional and highbrow skills that permit us to speak or even shape deep bonds. once we start to understand who birds relatively are, we deepen our skill to strategy, comprehend, and love those otherworldly creatures. And this, finally, is the valuable lesson of Birdology: it communicates a heartfelt fascination and awe for birds and restores our connection to those complicated, mysterious fellow creatures.