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Gifts of the Crow

How Perception, Emotion, and Thought Allow Smart Birds to Behave Like Humans
Marzluff, John M. (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Offers insight into crows' ability to make tools and respond to environmental challenges, explaining how they engage in human-like behaviors, from giving gifts and seeking revenge to playing and experiencing dreams.
Authors: Marzluff, John M.
Title: Gifts of the crow
how perception, emotion, and thought allow smart birds to behave like humans
Publisher: New York : Free Press, 2012
Edition: 1st Free Press hardcover ed
Characteristics: xiii, 287 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: John Marzluff and Tony Angell ; illustrated by Tony Angell
Contents: Amazing feats and deep connections
Birdbrains nevermore
Language
Delinquency
Insight
Frolic
Passion, wrath, and grief
Risk taking
Awareness
Reconsidering the crow
Summary: Offers insight into crows' ability to make tools and respond to environmental challenges, explaining how they engage in human-like behaviors, from giving gifts and seeking revenge to playing and experiencing dreams.
Additional Contributors: Angell, Tony
ISBN: 143919873X
9781439198735
Branch Call Number: 598.864 M393g 2012
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Headings: Corvidae Behavior Corvidae Psychology
Topical Term: Corvidae
Corvidae
LCCN: 2011049130
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Offers insight into crows' ability to make tools and respond to environmental challenges, explaining how they engage in human-like behaviors, from giving gifts and seeking revenge to playing and experiencing dreams.

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Offers insight into crows' ability to make tools and respond to environmental challenges, explaining how they engage in human-like behaviors, from giving gifts and seeking revenge to playing and experiencing dreams .


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May 31, 2013
  • WVMLStaffPicks rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Bird researcher Marzluff and artist and nature writer Angell look at how crows and other similar birds think, learn and remember. It’s no wonder that crows feature so predominantly in our literature, language and culture. These fascinating birds have the ability to use tools, speak, play and even sky surf. Detailed scientific reasoning for their behaviours is included in each chapter. You will never look at crows the same way.

Sep 21, 2012
  • binational rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Call this science "lite". The book is essentially a series of anecdotes gathered from all over - mostly from casual observers, not scientists. The anecdotes are amusing and illustrated with line drawings, but as any real scientist knows, anecdotes do not real science make. Between the anecdotes, the scientist author speculates about the neurological bases of crow intelligence. But again, these are mostly speculations, not well-established findings. Marzluff has a clear bias - he believes crows are almost as intelligent as humans, and more so than other intelligent animals, and one senses he marshalls the anecdotes to support that bias. On the other hand, it is by now clear that corvids are way more intelligent than previously supposed, along with parrots, elephants, pigs, apes, and cetaceans.

Sep 20, 2012
  • lisakenyon rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This was a fascinating book. That said, I was more interested in the real life anecdotes about interactions with clever birds. The nitty gritty science got a little dry. This is a book I would buy.

Aug 09, 2012
  • bsevertsen rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Wonderful. But note, if you are looking for an autobiography with crow stories peppered in (ala Haupt's Crow Planet) you will be disappointed. This book is about the crows and is written in a concise scientific style.

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