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Consider the Birds: Who they are and what they do

Popular ScienceOut of Print

By: Colin Tudge

480 pages, b&w illus

Allen Lane

Hardback | Nov 2008 | #176726 | ISBN-13: 9781846140976
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All animals are equal - but some, as George Orwell said, are more equal than others, and birds, most people would surely agree, are in the very first rank. They can do almost everything that mammals can do - and more besides. By mastering flight, they have a way of living that encompasses the whole world. In "Consider The Birds", Colin Tudge explores the life of birds, all around the globe. From the secrets of migration to their complicated family lives, their differing habitats and survival techniques to the secrets of flight, this is a fascinating account of how birds live, why they matter, and whether they really are dinosaurs.

Featuring birds who navigate using star-maps, tool-making crows and the great co-operation of the penguins, Colin Tudge shows how birds - who are like us in the general sense but very different in the particulars - live and think.For birds have minds: they feel, they are aware, they work things out. And so, by considering the birds, asking how and why it is possible for them to be so different, we gain insight into ourselves. Birds are beautiful, lively, intriguing - and all around us. This rich and endlessly absorbing book opens up their lives to everyone.

"Tudge has an extraordinary grasp of much of the vast ornithological literature and tells us great stories in an enthusiastic and informative way." - Tim Birkhead, IBIS - The Journal of the British Ornithologists' Union

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When Colin Tudge was a small boy in South London he could recognize only five kinds of birds. Following a childhood spent at London Zoo and in conversation by the seaside with a bird-watching cousin, he began to perceive that 'ordinary birds' included pipits and wagtails, terns and kestrels, yellowhammers and robins, and a miscellany of crows, not all of which were black. So began a lifelong interest in birds and how they live. After studying zoology at Cambridge, Colin began writing about science, first as features editor at the New Scientist and then as a documentary maker for BBC radio. Now a full-time writer, he appears regularly as a public speaker in all kinds of venues, including the University of Beijiny and St Paul's Cathedral. A Fellow of the Linnean Society of London, he was a visiting Research Fellow at the Centre of Philosophy at the London School of Economics for ten years. He is passionate about food and farming and is currently involved in the founding of The Landshare Trust for Enlightened Agriculture. His books include The Secret Life of Trees, The Variety of Life and So Shall We Reap.

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