Gifts of the Crow: How Perception, Emotion, and Thought Allow Smart Birds to Behave Like Humans (MP3 CD)
New research indicates that crows are among the brightest animals in the world. And professor of Wildlife Science at the University of Washington John Marzluff has done some of the most extraordinary research on crows, which has been featured in The New York Times, National Geographic, and the Chicago Tribune, as well as on NPR and PBS. Now he teams up with artist and fellow naturalist Tony Angell to offer an in-depth look at these incredible creatures in a book that is brimming with surprises.Redefining the notion of "bird brain," crows and ravens are often called feathered apes because of their clever tool-making and their ability to respond to environmental challenges, including those posed by humans. Indeed, their long lives, social habits, and large complex brains allow them to observe and learn from us and our social gatherings. Their marvelous brains allow crows to think, plan, and reconsider their actions. In these and other enthralling revelations, Marzluff and Angell portray creatures that are nothing short of amazing: they play, bestow gifts on people who help or feed them, use cars as nutcrackers, seek revenge on animals that harass them, are tricksters that lure birds to their deaths, and dream. The authors marvel at crows' behavior that we humans would find strangely familiar, from delinquency and risk taking to passion and frolic. A testament to years of painstaking research, this riveting work is a thrilling look at one of nature's most wondrous creatures.
About the Author
Author, illustrator, and sculptor, Tony Angell has won numerous writing and artistic awards for his work on behalf of nature. He has published a number of books, principally about the birds of the Northwest, including "Owls," "Ravens, Crows, Magpies and Jays," and "Marine Birds and Mammals of Puget Sound." John Marzluff is a professor of wildlife science at the University of Washington. His books include "In the Company of Crows and Ravens," coauthored with Tony Angell, and "Dog Days, Raven Nights," coauthored with his wife, Colleen.
Actor Danny Campbell has appeared in CBS's "The Guardian," the recent films "A Pool, a Fool, and a Duel" and "Greater Than Gravity," and over twenty-five commercials. An "AudioFile" Earphones Award winner, his narrative work includes the part of David Foster Wallace in Mike Lipsky's "Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself."
"A great read, serious and at time shilarious, this book explores the many complex similarities between crows' mental traits and our own." ---Bernd Heinrich, author of Summer World