A Life With Birds
Woolfson, Esther (Book - 2009 )
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Ever since her daughter rescued a fledgling rook years ago, Esther Woolfson has been fascinated with corvids, the bird group that includes crows, rooks, magpies, and ravens. Today, the rook, named Chicken, is a member of the Woolfson family, along with a talking magpie named Spike, a baby crow named Ziki, a starling, a parrot, and others. From their elaborate bathing rituals to their springtime broodiness and tendency to cache food in the most unlikely places, these corvids share a bond with humans that one might never have imagined before reading this book. Letting her experience speak for itself, Woolfson likens the fears and foibles of corvids to those of humans, taking into account the science of bird intelligence, evolution, song, and flight. She highlights their big personalities and capacity for affection: Chicken hates computers and machines, while she loves evening neck scratches on Woolfson's knee. It is through this intimate lens that Woolfson invites us to reconsider the kind of creature capable of being man's best friend.
Authors: Woolfson, Esther
Title: Corvus
a life with birds
Publisher: Berkeley, CA : Counterpoint : Distributed by Publishers Group West, c2009
Characteristics: 337 p. :,ill. ;,22 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Esther Woolfson
Notes: Originally published: London : Granta Publications, 2008
Contents: Beginnings. Before birds
The doves
Le jour de gloire
Madame Chickeboumskaya
Life with corvids. The hole in the kitchen wall
The black airts
The pleasure of the bath
If men had wings
A few ticks of the clock
Conversations with a magpie on the nature of consciousness
Bird seasons. Winter
Spring in the House of Rooks
Bird music
Of flight and feathers
ISBN: 1582434778
Branch Call Number: 598.864 W913c 2008
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. 317-321) and index
Subject Headings: Bird owners Scotland Aberdeen Biography Authors, Scottish Biography Woolfson, Esther Wild birds as pets Case studies Human-animal relationships Case studies Corvidae
Topical Term: Bird owners
Authors, Scottish
Wild birds as pets
Human-animal relationships
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