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Birdology: Adventures with a Pack of Hens, a Peck of Pigeons, Cantankerous Crows, Fierce Falcons, Hip Hop Parrots, Baby Hummingbirds, and One Murderously Big Living Dinosaur

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Meet the ladies: a flock of smart, affectionate, highly individualistic chickens who visit their favorite neighbors, devise different ways to hide from foxes, and mob the author like she's a rock star. In these pages you'll also meet Maya and Zuni, two orphaned baby hummingbirds who hatched from eggs the size of navy beans, and who are little more than air bubbles fringed with feathers. Their lives hang precariously in the balance — but with human help, they may one day conquer the sky.

Snowball is a cockatoo whose dance video went viral on YouTube and who's now teaching schoolchildren how to dance. You'll meet Harris's hawks named Fire and Smoke. And you'll come to know and love a host of other avian characters who will change your mind forever about who birds really are.

Each of these birds shows a different and utterly surprising aspect of what makes a bird a bird — and these are the lessons of Birdology: that birds are far stranger, more wondrous, and at the same time more like us than we might have dared to imagine. In Birdology, beloved author of The Good Good Pig Sy Montgomery, explores the essence of the otherworldly creatures we see every day. By way of her adventures with seven birds — wild, tame, exotic, and common — she weaves new scientific insights and narrative to reveal seven kernels of bird wisdom.

The first lesson of Birdology is that, no matter how common they are, Birds Are Individuals, as each of Montgomery's distinctive Ladies clearly shows. In the leech-infested rain forest of Queensland, you'll come face to face with a cassowary — a 150-pound, man-tall, flightless bird 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 learn from hawks that Birds Are Fierce; from pigeons, how Birds Find Their Way Home; from parrots, what it means that Birds Can Talk; and from 50,000 crows who moved into a small city's downtown, that Birds Are Everywhere. They are the winged aliens who surround us.

Birdology explains just how very other birds are: Their hearts look like those of crocodiles. They are covered with modified scales, which are called feathers. Their bones are hollow. Their bodies are permeated with extensive air sacs. They have no hands. They give birth to eggs. Yet despite birds' and humans' disparate evolutionary paths, we share emotional and intellectual abilities that allow us to communicate and even form deep bonds. When we begin to comprehend who birds really are, we deepen our capacity to approach, understand, and love these otherworldly creatures. And this, ultimately, is the priceless lesson of Birdology: it communicates a heartfelt fascination and awe for birds and restores our connection to these complex, mysterious fellow creatures.

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Author of The Good Good Pig blends popular science and entertaining stories in this informative personal narrative of birds.

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Sy Montgomery is a naturalist, author, documentary scriptwriter, and radio commentator who writes for children as well as adults. Among her award-winning books are The Good Good Pig, Journey of the Pink Dolphins, Spell of the Tiger, and Search for the Golden Moon Bear. She has made four trips to Peru and Brazil to study the pink dolphins of the Amazon; and on other expeditions, she was chased by an angry silverback gorilla in Zaire; bitten by a vampire bat in Costa Rica; undressed by an orangutan in Borneo; and hunted by a tiger in India. She also worked in a pit crawling with eighteen thousand snakes in Manitoba; handled a wild tarantula in French Guiana; and swum with piranhas, electric eels, and dolphins in the Amazon. Research for this book included travel to China and Mongolia to see the latest discoveries of giant bird fossils, and to Australia to see the most dangerous birds in the world. She lives in New Hampshire.

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cerulean, February 3, 2011 (view all comments by cerulean)
This book is a must read for bird lovers. Sy Montgomery both entertains and educates us about our feathered friends. Her account of her experiences with seven different species of birds held me spellbound. The chapter about the baby hummingbirds being raised by volunteers who literally put their lives on hold to perform this service is awe inspiring. How do you raise something as tiny as a baby hummingbird? Read the book and find out.
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terracotta21, January 14, 2011 (view all comments by terracotta21)
So cool, so funny are our feathered fellow earthlings. I want to live her (the author's life)! She takes us all over the world and tells us all about birds. A great read and a great gift.
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Denise Morland, June 12, 2010 (view all comments by Denise Morland)

Sy Montgomery has a real knack for writing the kind of non-fiction books I love to read. They are always packed with interesting, little-known facts, lovely people, and the adventures Sy always seems to have whenever she is researching a book. Birdology does not disappoint! Each chapter is about a different species of bird that illustrates and essential characteristic of the species. Along the way I meet pigeon racers, falconers, and wildlife rehabilitators. I fell in love with the birds - the Ladies, Sy's pack of hens, Maya and Zuni, two baby hummingbirds, Snowball, the dancing cockatoo, and so many others. The personal stories and vignettes were so entertaining and skillfully written that I was almost to the end of the book before the hidden agenda was revealed. As the last sentence of the book reads, "It is our duty and privilege to protect them." Beatifully written, easy to read and entertaining, educational. and with an important message - I'm not sure how Sy Montgomery packed so many things into this book, but it is well worth the read!
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ISBN:
9781416569848
Subtitle:
Adventures with a Pack of Hens, a Peck of Pigeons, Cantankerous Crows, Fierce Falcons, Hip Hop Parrots, Baby Hummingbirds, and One Murderously Big Living Dinosaur (t)
Author:
Montgomery, Sy
Publisher:
Atria Books
Subject:
Birds & Birdwatching - General
Subject:
Life Sciences - Zoology - Ornithology
Subject:
Birds
Subject:
Birds -- Psychology.
Subject:
Animals - Birds
Subject:
Birds & Birdwatching
Subject:
General-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20100406
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
20-30 b+w photos t/o; index
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 14.7 oz

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