THE GE­NIUS OF BIRDS

Jen­nifer Ackerman Cor­sair, SB, £8.99

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Get­ting in­side the minds of birds is an in­cred­i­bly dif­fi­cult thing to do. Do­ing so in as read­able a fash­ion as Jen­nifer Ackerman does here is even harder. She looks closely at all sorts of ex­am­ples of avian in­tel­li­gence – from Jays hid­ing acorns, through Swifts an­tic­i­pat­ing storms, to Blue Tits learn­ing to peck through milk bot­tle tops to get at the cream. It's packed with fas­ci­nat­ing facts, but what's most in­ter­est­ing is the way that she shows how birds' minds work quite dif­fer­ently to ours, and in­deed how dif­fer­ent species and fam­i­lies think in quite dif­fer­ent ways. There's a very wide sweep to the con­tent mat­ter, too, rang­ing from the sort of birds that we all see in our gar­dens, to ex­otic and far-flung species such as the New Cale­do­nia Crow, a bird which is rightly renowned for its in­ge­nu­ity. It's the sort of book that will send you off look­ing up all sorts of fur­ther read­ing and back­ground in­for­ma­tion, but it also makes you think and look harder at ev­ery­day species, and also to un­der­stand their be­hav­iour that bit bet­ter.

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