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Bird Sense: What It's Like to Be a Bird Hardcover – 2 Feb 2012

4.7 out of 5 stars 75 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (2 Feb. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408820137
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408820131
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 2.8 x 14.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 75 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 166,952 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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An absolutely absorbing book. On almost every page there is an astonishing observation or revelation. ***** (Daily Telegraph)

Combining a wealth of bird facts with a winning modesty in the face of these creatures' essential mysteriousness, Bird Sense is a richly persuasive volume. This fascinating book has much to teach us, not just about what it means to be a bird, but about the rewards and responsibilities of our coexistence with these wonderful creatures (Guardian, Books of the Year)

We'll never know what it's really like to be a bird but Tim Birkhead's readable book takes us as far as science can take us, through an examination of how birds see, hear, smell and taste their world (Peter Marren, Independent Books of the Year)

An eye-opening guide to all matters ornithological ... His tour of the frontiers of our understanding of birds is stuffed with mind-boggling facts and insights. Thoroughly engaging, it also gives us a thrilling sense of the vast, unmapped territories that lie beyond, waiting to be discovered (Sunday Times)

Chirpy and fascinating study about the mysteries of bird behaviour (Sunday Times ‘Must Reads')

If you have ever wondered what it is like to be a bird then Tim Birkhead's wonderful book Bird Sense looks at the sensory apparatus of birds and how they interpret the world (Choice)

Inspired ... bringing together of all the latest scientific research on avian sight, sound, touch and taste as well as smell, along with some senses which are beyond human capabilities altogether ... if you pick up Bird Sense, however wise you think you are, you'll learn something new (Independent)

Combining a wealth of bird facts with a winning modesty in the face of these creatures' essential mysteriousness, Bird Sense is a richly persuasive volume ... This fascinating book has much to teach us, not just about what it means to be a bird, but about the rewards and responsibilities of our coexistence with these wonderful creatures (Guardian)

The effect of his brisk but sparklingly lucid pages is to refocus the point of view on to us and force a rethink as to what it's like to be a human sharing the earth with such wonderfully different and yet recognisably similar animals (Tim Dee, Observer)

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A hugely engaging book about birds, their senses and behaviour that is informed by an attractive blend of personal experience, entertaining stories and cutting-edge science.

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