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Beaks, Bones and Bird Songs

How the Struggle for Survival Has Shaped Birds and Their Behavior
Narrated by: Charles Constant
Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (33 ratings)

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When we see a bird flying from branch to branch happily chirping, it is easy to imagine they lead a simple life of freedom, flight, and feathers. What we don't see is the arduous, life-threatening challenges they face at every moment. Beaks, Bones and Bird Songs guides the listener through the myriad, and often almost miraculous, things that birds do every day to merely stay alive. Like the goldfinch, which manages extreme weather changes by doubling the density of its plumage in winter. Or urban birds, which navigate traffic through a keen understanding of posted speed limits. In engaging and accessible prose, Roger Lederer shares how and why birds use their sensory abilities to see ultraviolet, find food without seeing it, fly thousands of miles without stopping, change their songs in noisy cities, navigate by smell, and much more.

©2016 Roger J. Lederer (P)2017 Tantor

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"An exceptional overview of the life, adaptations, and impressive skill sets of wild birds...Highly recommended for all interested in natural history and the impact of humans on the natural world." ( Library Journal)

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Fascinating facts about birds!

For those interested in learning about birds,this book compiles the evidence that shows how amazing, diverse, and smart birds can be.

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Very informative. Great performance

I really enjoyed this book. I will definitely read it again. it is full of great information.

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  • K.
  • 03-20-19

very dense but good info

this book has a ton of great information, but there are parts where it can be so scientifically dense that even I had to take breaks from it. still recommend for bird lovers, but don't expect to binge listen.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-21-18

Read "The Genius of Birds" instead.

Not a good narrator, somewhat robotic, and content isn't particularly stylish. There is some interesting information but overall rather flat.

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  • Svetlana Velichko
  • 09-01-18

Amazing book about birds!

Pleasure to listen, author collected modern knowledge and scientific facts about birds life in our human technologically infested natural environment, good voice, special thanks to an actor who read the book, will listen again