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By Jennifer Ackerman

An award-winning technology author excursions the globe to bare what makes birds able to such notable feats of psychological prowess
Birds are astonishingly clever creatures. in accordance with innovative new learn, a few birds rival primates or even people of their amazing types of intelligence. In The Genius of Birds, acclaimed writer Jennifer Ackerman explores their newly chanced on brilliance and the way it happened.

As she travels around the globe to the main state-of-the-art frontiers of analysis, Ackerman not just tells the tale of the lately exposed genius of birds but in addition delves deeply into the most recent findings concerning the fowl mind itself which are moving our view of what it ability to be clever. straight away own but medical, richly informative and fantastically written, The Genius of Birds celebrates the triumphs of those stunning and fiercely clever creatures.

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Well, if they are I suggest we spread out and find ourselves some beds,’ I said. So we climbed the marble staircase and found ourselves three bedrooms, with beds made up, by the simple expedient of opening every door in sight. Eventually, having found a place to sleep, Dicky and I went downstairs to see if the hotel boasted of any sanitary arrangements. The first door we threw open in our search led us into a dim bedroom in which was an enormous double-bed hung with an old-fashioned canopy. Before we could back out of the room a huge figure surged out from under the bedclothes like a surfacing whale, and waddled towards us.

The timing of this was superb, for as the empty dustbin was hurtling downwards a full one would be sailing up. They would pass in mid air, and the full bin would be caught and emptied. Sometimes there would be four dustbins in the air at once. The whole action was performed in silence and with incredible speed. Soon we left the edge of the city, just stirring to wakefulness, and sped out into the open countryside, golden in the rising sun. The early morning air was chilly, and Dicky had dressed for the occasion.

GERALD DURRELL The Whispering Land WITH ILLUSTRATIONS BY Ralph Thompson PENGUIN BOOKS Contents A Word in Advance PART ONE: THE CUSTOMS OF THE COUNTRY 1. The Whispering Land 2. A Sea of Headwaiters 3. The Golden Swarm 4. The Bulbous Beasts PART TWO: THE CUSTOMS OF THE COUNTRY 5. Jujuy 6. A City of Bichos 7. Vampires and Wine 8. A Wagon-Load of Bichos The Customs of the Country Stop Press Acknowledgements PENGUIN BOOKS THE WHISPERING LAND Gerald Durrell was born in Jamshedpur, India, in 1925. He returned to England in 1928 before settling on the island of Corfu with his family.

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