• The Thing with Feathers

  • The Surprising Lives of Birds and What They Reveal About Being Human
  • By: Noah Strycker
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (99 ratings)

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The Thing with Feathers

By: Noah Strycker
Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
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Publisher's summary

Birds are highly intelligent animals, yet their intelligence is dramatically different from our own and has been little understood. As we learn more about the secrets of bird life, we are unlocking fascinating insights into memory, relationships, game theory, and the nature of intelligence itself.

The Thing with Feathers explores the astonishing homing abilities of pigeons, the good deeds of fairy-wrens, the influential flocking abilities of starlings, the deft artistry of bowerbirds, the extraordinary memories of nutcrackers, the lifelong loves of albatrosses, and other mysteries - revealing why birds do what they do, and offering a glimpse into our own nature.

Drawing deep from personal experience, cutting-edge science, and colorful history, Noah Strycker spins captivating stories about the birds in our midst and shares the startlingly intimate coexistence of birds and humans. With humor, style, and grace, he shows how our view of the world is often, and remarkably, through the experience of birds.

©2014 Noah Strycker (P)2017 Tantor

Critic reviews

"A thoroughly entertaining examination of bird behavior…. Birds are equally alien and familiar, and in Strycker's absorbing survey, we find out how much fun it is simply to watch them." ( Booklist Starred Review)