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Bird Minds

Bird Minds Author Gisela Kaplan
ISBN-10 9781486300204
Release 2015-08-03
Pages 280
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In her comprehensive and carefully crafted book, Gisela Kaplan demonstrates how intelligent and emotional Australian birds can be. She describes complex behaviours such as grieving, deception, problem solving and the use of tools. Many Australian birds cooperate and defend each other, and exceptional ones go fishing by throwing breadcrumbs in the water, extract poisonous parts from prey and use tools to crack open eggshells and mussels. The author brings together evidence of many such cognitive abilities, suggesting plausible reasons for their appearance in Australian birds. Bird Minds is the first attempt to shine a critical and scientific light on the cognitive behaviour of Australian land birds. In this fascinating volume, the author also presents recent changes in our understanding of the avian brain and links these to life histories and longevity. Following on from Gisela’s well-received books on the Australian Magpie and the Tawny Frogmouth, as well as two earlier titles on birds, Bird Minds contends that the unique and often difficult conditions of Australia's environment have been crucial for the evolution of unusual complexities in avian cognition and behaviour.



Bird Minds

Bird Minds Author Gisela Kaplan
ISBN-10 9781486300198
Release 2015-08-03
Pages 280
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In her comprehensive and carefully crafted book, Gisela Kaplan demonstrates how intelligent and emotional Australian birds can be. She describes complex behaviours such as grieving, deception, problem solving and the use of tools. Many Australian birds cooperate and defend each other, and exceptional ones go fishing by throwing breadcrumbs in the water, extract poisonous parts from prey and use tools to crack open eggshells and mussels. The author brings together evidence of many such cognitive abilities, suggesting plausible reasons for their appearance in Australian birds. Bird Minds is the first attempt to shine a critical and scientific light on the cognitive behaviour of Australian land birds. In this fascinating volume, the author also presents recent changes in our understanding of the avian brain and links these to life histories and longevity. Following on from Gisela’s well-received books on the Australian Magpie and the Tawny Frogmouth, as well as two earlier titles on birds, Bird Minds contends that the unique and often difficult conditions of Australia's environment have been crucial for the evolution of unusual complexities in avian cognition and behaviour.



Bird Minds

Bird Minds Author Gisela Kaplan
ISBN-10 1486300189
Release 2015-08-01
Pages 272
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Bird Minds provides a fresh view of the behavior of Australian native avifauna, presenting a portrait of cognitive well-equipped species, which is somewhat removed from the traditional image of birds as fluttering, colorful ornaments that tend to move like automata. The book will focus on the specific abilities of Australian birds, examining why they have had to find - largely cognitive - ways of adapting to difficult conditions. The demands of the Australian environment have led to the development of cognitively complex processes that are unique in the world, including complex behaviors such as grieving, deception, problem solving and the use of tools. Many Australian birds cooperate and defend each other, and exceptional ones go fishing by throwing breadcrumbs in the water, extract poisonous parts from prey and use tools to crack open eggshells and mussels.



Australian Magpie

Australian Magpie Author Gisela Kaplan
ISBN-10 9780643098572
Release 2004-10-05
Pages 152
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The warbling and carolling of the Australian magpie are familiar to many although few of us recognise that it ranks among the foremost songbirds of the world. Its impressive vocal abilities, its propensity to play and clown, and its willingness to interact with people, make the magpie one of our most well-known birds. This insightful book presents a comprehensive account of the behaviour of one of Australia's best-loved icons. It reveals the extraordinary capabilities of the magpie, including its complex social behaviour, in a highly readable text. The author brings together much of what we know about the magpie’s biology and behaviour, including her latest research on magpie vocalisation as well as aspects of anatomy, physiology, development and health not published previously.



The Genius of Birds

The Genius of Birds Author Jennifer Ackerman
ISBN-10 9781101980842
Release 2016-04-12
Pages 352
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An award-winning science writer tours the globe to reveal what makes birds capable of such extraordinary feats of mental prowess Birds are astonishingly intelligent creatures. According to revolutionary new research, some birds rival primates and even humans in their remarkable forms of intelligence. In The Genius of Birds, acclaimed author Jennifer Ackerman explores their newly discovered brilliance and how it came about. As she travels around the world to the most cutting-edge frontiers of research, Ackerman not only tells the story of the recently uncovered genius of birds but also delves deeply into the latest findings about the bird brain itself that are shifting our view of what it means to be intelligent. At once personal yet scientific, richly informative and beautifully written, The Genius of Birds celebrates the triumphs of these surprising and fiercely intelligent creatures.



Tawny Frogmouth

Tawny Frogmouth Author Gisela T. Kaplan
ISBN-10 9780643092396
Release 2007
Pages 155
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"We are shown this captivating Australian species in completely new and even unexpected ways. We learn that tawny frogmouths are very affectionate, have close bonds with lifelong partners, scream like prowling tomcats when distressed, fight with lightning speed and defend nest sites from reptilian predators by mobbing and spraying pungent faeces at these dangerous opponents. Uncompromising male fights are contrasted with a touching gentleness of males as fathers." "We also learn how resilient and unusual tawny frogmouths are in the way they cope with heat and cold, sit out danger, do without drinking for most of their lives, and can use a large variety of food items." "The developmental stages of nestlings and juveniles are illustrated with a number of stunning visual images accompanying the text, most of which have never before been described or seen." --Back cover.



Birds

Birds Author Gisela Kaplan
ISBN-10 1865083763
Release 2001
Pages 252
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Describes the remarkable world of birds and their multitude of behaviours.



Where Song Began

Where Song Began Author Tim Low
ISBN-10 9780300221664
Release 2016-08-23
Pages 424
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An authoritative and entertaining exploration of Australia's distinctive birds and their unheralded role in global evolution Renowned for its gallery of unusual mammals, Australia is also a land of extraordinary birds. But unlike the mammals, the birds of Australia flew beyond the continent's boundaries and around the globe many millions of years ago. This eye-opening book tells the dynamic but little-known story of how Australia provided the world with songbirds and parrots, among other bird groups, why Australian birds wield surprising ecological power, how Australia became a major evolutionary center, and why scientific biases have hindered recognition of these discoveries. From violent, swooping magpies to tool-making cockatoos, Australia's birds are strikingly different from birds of other lands--often more intelligent and aggressive, often larger and longer-lived. Tim Low, a renowned biologist with a rare storytelling gift, here presents the amazing evolutionary history of Australia's birds. The story of the birds, it turns out, is inseparable from the story of the continent itself and also the people who inhabit it.



Gene Worship

Gene Worship Author Gisela Kaplan
ISBN-10 9781590514528
Release 2010-08-10
Pages 304
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"A wonderful antidote to the gene hysteria that is now so dominant! . . . What is most exciting about this book is the authors' ability to move seamlessly from research on how the brain works, to sociology, history, and philosophy. And that, I believe, is exactly how we need to understand gender--neither nature nor nurture, but a complex interplay." - Dr. Lynda Birke, author of Feminism and the Biological Body This work moves beyond the old nature/nurture debate concerning what makes us who we are to present a new understanding of gender and sexuality. Since the mapping of the human genome there has been widespread coverage of scientific discoveries in the offing, and of the host of human problems to be solved through gene therapy, from physical defects to mental disease and even so-called 'undesirable' behavior. As biologists with expertise in neuroscience, ethology, psychology, sociology and human ethos, Kaplan and Rogers are uniquely situated to evaluate the claims of their colleagues concerning the knowledge to be gained through the study of our biological make-up. They caution against the seductive belief that, once we understand our biological constitution, it is but a short step to complete mastery of human nature. Furthermore, they show that this belief is yet another example of how science can be subverted to defend the claims of the ruling ideology.



Biological Invasions and Animal Behaviour

Biological Invasions and Animal Behaviour Author Judith S. Weis
ISBN-10 9781107077775
Release 2016-10-31
Pages 375
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This book provides a comprehensive look at the critical role of animal behaviour in the success and impact of biological invasions.



Regional Field Guide to Birds Red Centre to the Top End

Regional Field Guide to Birds  Red Centre to the Top End Author F Knight
ISBN-10 9781743095874
Release 2013-10-15
Pages 144
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Practical, portable and easy to use, these fully illustrated regional field guides are the ideal companion for all experienced and beginner birdwatchers in Australia. the Pizzey & Knight regional birding guides are easy to use, handy and portable field guides for beginner and experienced birdwatchers alike. Designed to complement Australia's best-selling tHE FIELD GUIDE tO tHE BIRDS OF AUStRALIA, now in its 9th edition, each regional guide includes every bird found within the region, organized by the environments they are most likely to be seen in, and all beautifully illustrated by Frank Knight. Concise text highlights the key features of every species and an illustrated index helps to find your bird quickly. Accompanied by an introduction to the region's habitats, these guides are an essential companion for anyone out in the field and wanting to become more familiar with Australia's natural world. Books in the regional field guide series are: South East Coast & Ranges - Greater Sydney to Greater Melbourne from the Great Dividing Range to the coast, and tasmania, including adjacent seas and islands. Mallee to Limestone Coast - All of Western Victoria west to Greater Adelaide, and north to Broken Hill in NSW Central East Coast and Ranges - From Newcastle (NSW) in the south to Gladstone (Qld) in the north. Red Centre to the top End - All of the Northern territory and adjacent seas. (the book is also relevant to areas immediately adjacent to Nt in Western Australia such as the Kunnanurra region which is a key visitor destination, and national parks along the border in Qld)



Avian Cognition

Avian Cognition Author Carel ten Cate
ISBN-10 9781107092389
Release 2017-06-30
Pages 386
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The cognitive abilities of birds are remarkable: hummingbirds integrate spatial and temporal information about food sources, day-old chicks have a sense of numbers, parrots can make and use tools, and ravens have sophisticated insights in social relationships. This volume describes the full range of avian cognitive abilities, the mechanisms behind such abilities and how they relate to the ecology of the species. Synthesising the latest research in avian cognition, a range of experts in the field provide first-hand insights into experimental procedures, outcomes and theoretical advances, including a discussion of how the findings in birds relate to the cognitive abilities of other species, including humans. The authors cover a range of topics such as spatial cognition, social learning, tool use, perceptual categorization and concept learning, providing the broader context for students and researchers interested in the current state of avian cognition research, its key questions and appropriate experimental approaches.



Robotics and Cognitive Approaches to Spatial Mapping

Robotics and Cognitive Approaches to Spatial Mapping Author Margaret E. Jefferies
ISBN-10 9783540753865
Release 2008-01-10
Pages 330
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This important work is an attempt to synthesize two areas that need to be treated in tandem. The book brings together the fields of robot spatial mapping and cognitive spatial mapping, which share some common core problems. One would expect some cross-fertilization of research between the two areas to have occurred, yet this has begun only recently. There are now signs that some synthesis is happening, so this work is a timely one for students and engineers in robotics.



The Raven

The Raven Author Edgar Allan Poe
ISBN-10 HARVARD:32044019876564
Release 1898
Pages 36
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The Raven has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from The Raven also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full The Raven book for free.



Nature s Temples

Nature s Temples Author Joan Maloof
ISBN-10 9781604697285
Release 2016-11-01
Pages 200
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Nature s Temples is an evocative and accessible exploration that offers anintroduction to the importance and wonder of old-growth forests."



Field Guide to the Butterflies of the Australian Capital Territory

Field Guide to the Butterflies of the Australian Capital Territory Author Suzi Bond
ISBN-10 0980285488
Release 2016-12-15
Pages 232
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A field guide containing descriptions, life cycle and habitat information as well as photos, maps of records and predicted preferred habitats for the 87 butterfly species occurring in the ACT.



Is Birdsong Music

Is Birdsong Music Author Hollis Taylor
ISBN-10 9780253026484
Release 2017-05-01
Pages 364
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How and when does music become possible? Is it a matter of biology, or culture, or an interaction between the two? Revolutionizing the way we think about the core values of music and human exceptionalism, Hollis Taylor takes us on an outback road trip to meet the Australian pied butcherbird. Recognized for their distinct timbre, calls, and songs, both sexes of this songbird sing in duos, trios, and even larger choirs, transforming their flute-like songs annually. While birdsong has long inspired artists, writers, musicians, and philosophers, and enthralled listeners from all walks of life, researchers from the sciences have dominated its study. As a field musicologist, Taylor spends months each year in the Australian outback recording the songs of the pied butcherbird and chronicling their musical activities. She argues persuasively in these pages that their inventiveness in song surpasses biological necessity, compelling us to question the foundations of music and confront the remarkably entangled relationship between human and animal worlds. Equal parts nature essay, memoir, and scholarship, Is Birdsong Music? offers vivid portraits of the extreme locations where these avian choristers are found, quirky stories from the field, and an in-depth exploration of the vocalizations of the pied butcherbird.