By Sy Montgomery
Meet the women: a flock of shrewdpermanent, affectionate, hugely individualistic chickens who stopover at their favourite associates, 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 dimensions of military beans, and who're little greater than air bubbles fringed with feathers. Their lives cling precariously within the balance—but with human support, they might in the future overcome the sky.
Snowball is a cockatoo whose dance video went viral on YouTube and who’s now instructing schoolchildren the right way to dance. You’ll meet Harris’s hawks named fireplace and Smoke. And you’ll come to understand and love a number of different avian characters who will switch your brain without end approximately who birds quite are.
Each of those birds exhibits a special and completely wonderful point of what makes a chicken a bird—and those are the teachings of Birdology: that birds are some distance stranger, extra wondrous, and while extra like us than we'd have dared to visualize. In Birdology, loved writer of The stable reliable Pig Sy Montgomery explores the essence of the otherworldly creatures we see each day. when it comes to her adventures with seven birds—wild, tame, unique, and common—she weaves new clinical insights and narrative to bare seven kernels of poultry knowledge.
The first lesson of Birdology is that, irrespective of how universal they're, Birds Are participants, as every one of Montgomery’s special women truly indicates. within the leech-infested rain wooded area of Queensland, you’ll come nose to nose with a cassowary—a 150-pound, man-tall, flightless chook 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 study from hawks that Birds Are Fierce; from pigeons, how Birds locate Their approach domestic; from parrots, what it implies 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 seem like these of crocodiles. they're coated with changed scales, that are known as feathers. Their bones are hole. Their our bodies are permeated with large air sacs. they've got no fingers. they provide delivery to eggs. but regardless of birds’ and humans’ disparate evolutionary paths, we proportion emotional and highbrow talents that permit us to speak or even shape deep bonds. after we start to understand who birds rather are, we deepen our ability to technique, comprehend, and love those otherworldly creatures. And this, finally, is the helpful lesson of Birdology: it communicates a heartfelt fascination and awe for birds and restores our connection to those complicated, mysterious fellow creatures.