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Corbeaux et Corneilles [Ravens and Crows]

By: Georges Olioso(Author)
192 pages, colour photos, colour distribution maps
Corbeaux et Corneilles [Ravens and Crows]
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Language: French

Is it because they are mostly black? Because their cries are inharmonious? Because they are sometimes perceived as harmful? Whatever it is, most corvids still have a bad reputation. Sometimes they are accused of stealing, sometimes of attacking small birds, sometimes even of bringing misfortune. In short, they are some of the most unloved birds around us ...

Yet this was not always the case... there was a time when nomadic people considered them spiritis of their ancestors and worshiped them. More recently, they have even been protected because they provide useful ecological services. But nowadays, most of these species are considered pests and suffer from multiple lines of persecution.

This book invites the reader to get acquainted with European corvids and shows their lives in intimate detail. The reader will learn that these birds are, almost, as intelligent as apes! The results of some of the research that the author presents will probably be a marvel to many, and this is only the beginning, as much remains to be discovered.

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Est-ce parce qu'ils sont le plus souvent noirs ? Parce que leurs cris sont peu harmonieux ? Parce qu'ils sont parfois ressentis comme des nuisibles ? Toujours est-il que la plupart des corvidés ont mauvaise réputation. Tantôt ils sont accusés de voler, tantôt de s'attaquer aux petits oiseaux, parfois même de porter malheur. Bref, ce sont les mal aimés des oiseaux qui nous entourent...

Et pourtant, cela n'a pas toujours été le cas... Il fut un temps où les peuples nomades les considéraient comme leurs ancêtres et les vénéraient. Plus récemment, ils furent même protégés car ils rendaient bien des services de voiries. Mais, de nos jours, la plupart de ces espèces sont considérées comme nuisibles et souffrent de persécutions multiples.

Cet ouvrage invite à faire connaissance avec les corvidés européens et à entrer dans l'intimité de leur vie. On y apprend que ces oiseaux sont des êtres aussi intelligents que les grands singes, presque nos égaux ! Les résultats de quelques-unes des recherches que l'auteur présente ici en étonneront probablement plus d'un, et ce n'est qu'un début, beaucoup reste à découvrir.

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By: Georges Olioso(Author)
192 pages, colour photos, colour distribution maps
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