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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.
Statement of Responsibility: John Marzluff and Tony Angell ; illustrated by Tony Angell
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.
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
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.
Subject Headings: Corvidae Behavior Corvidae Psychology
Topical Term: Corvidae
Corvidae
Additional Contributors: Angell, Tony
LCCN: 2011049130
ISBN: 143919873X
9781439198735
Branch Call Number: 598.864 M
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On April 2 Prof. John M. Marzluff discusses new research findings that crows are among the brightest animals in the world. This illustrated talk explores and marvels at the birds’ behavior: they play, take risks, reward people who help (or feed) them, use cars as nutcrackers, seek revenge on har... Read More »


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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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