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Caw of the Wild: Observations from the Secret World of Crows Paperback – 19 Sep 2005

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  • Paperback: 174 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (19 Sept. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595362680
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595362684
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.1 x 22.9 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,697,273 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Caw of the Wild" is an in-depth exploration into the intriguing and complex behavior of one of North America's most intelligent, but often reviled, birds - the American Crow. As a passionate observer, author Barb Kirpluk shares her extraordinary and fascinating findings, while tracking three urban crow families through their daily existence. By befriending the birds and gaining their trust, Kirpluk shares many observations on subjects, such as: the language of crows; crow habits and social relationships; and the endearing personal relationships that evolved and allowed her to learn from the birds. Kirpluk brings to life the unforgettable characters of these birds, by combining anecdotal tales and recent scientific literature. Her quest eventually leads her to the world of wildlife rehabilitation where, for a year, she studies and catalogues a group of captive crows. "Caw of the Wild" is an honest and heartfelt portrayal of a misunderstood bird, and may just encourage you to take a new look at the American crow.

About the Author

Barb Kirpluk lives in the Midwest where she works as an interior landscaper. She has turned her small backyard into a wildlife oasis for all birds, but especially her beloved crows.

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