Bird Brains  - The Intelligence of Crows, Ravens, Magpies, and Jays

Bird Brains - The Intelligence of Crows, Ravens, Magpies, and Jays

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Birds have long been viewed as the archetypal featherbrains—beautiful but dumb. Members of the crow family (corvids), however, appear to have powers of abstraction, memory, and creativity that put them on a par with many mammals, even higher primates. Bird Brains presents these bright, brassy, and surprisingly colorful birds in a remarkable collection of full-color, close-up photographs by some of the world’s best wildlife photographers.
Savage’s lively, authoritative text describes the life and behavior of corvid species that inhabit North America and Europe. Drawing on recent research, she describes birds that recognize each other as individuals, call one another by “name,” remember and relocate thousands of hidden food caches, engage in true teamwork and purposeful play, and generally exhibit an extraordinary degree of sophistication. Soft cover, 136 pages.