What An Owl Knows : The New Science Of The World's Most Enigmatic Birds

What An Owl Knows : The New Science Of The World's Most Enigmatic Birds



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Summary: For centuries, owls have captivated and intrigued us. Our fascination with these mysterious birds was first documented over 30,000 years ago, in the Chauvet cave paintings in southern France, and our enduring awareness and curiosity of their forward gaze and nearly silent flight has cemented the owl as a symbol of wisdom and knowledge, foresight and intuition. But what, really, does an owl know? Though our infatuation goes back centuries, scientists have only recently begun to study these birds in great detail. While more than 270 species exist today, and reside on every continent except Antarctica, owls are far more difficult to find and study than other birds -- because while not only cryptic and perfectly camouflaged, owls are most active in the dark of night. Joining scientists on this maddening and elusive treasure hunt, Jennifer Ackerman brings alive the rich biological history of these animals and reveals the remarkable scientific discoveries into their brains and behavior. She...  more »
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Content :

Who knew -- Making sense of owls : unpacking the mysteries -- What's it like to be an owl : indigenous adaptations -- Owling : studying the world's most enigmatic birds -- Who gives a hoot : owl talk -- What it takes to make an owl : courting and breeding -- To stay or to go : roosting and migrating -- An owl in the hand : learning from captive birds -- Half bird, half spirit : owls and the human imagination -- What an owl knows : how wise are owls? -- Saving owls : protecting what we love.

Publication, Distribution, etc. :

New York : Penguin Press, 2023.



Physical Description :

xvi, 333 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm

Notes :
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.
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