Crows: Encounters with the Wise Guys of the Avian World

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Greystone Books Ltd, 2007 - History - 121 pages
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Based on more than a decade of research, "Crows" offers an accurate, humorous, and wide-ranging introduction to these fascinating birds. Who would have guessed that there are more than 40 species of ravens and crows, all variations on a theme, cawing and croaking their way through the woodlands of North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and various South Sea islands? (Of the temperate continents, only South America doesn't know the charms of these amusing, intelligent birds.) Topics explored include evolution, distribution, diet and food-getting practices (including their ingenious use of tools), social behavior (including the many crow "languages"), and impact on the human imagination, as reflected in mythology, literature, and popular aphorisms. Appealing to both the avid birder or the more casual nature lover, "Crows" is rich in insight, humor, and stories.

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Review: Crows: Encounters with the Wise Guys of the Avian World

User Review  - Heather Larcombe - Goodreads

Short overview of the fun world of corvids. Although it mentions and suggests several studies and research projects, it doesn't go into any details. Just a quick review interspersed with poems, folktales, and art to spark interest. Very nice. Read full review

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User Review  - Diane Warrington - Goodreads

Thoroughly enjoyable story of a bird I met up close when holidaying in Vancouver. A mixture of scientific fact, pictures, retelling of legends and myths and colloquial tales. A fun read. Read full review


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Candace Savage is the author of numerous internationally acclaimed books on subjects ranging from natural history and science to popular culture. She is the author of the bestselling natural history titles Bird Brains: The Intelligence of Crows, Ravens, Magpies and Jays, Prairie: A Natural History (for which she won two Saskatchewan Book Awards in 2004), and Mother Nature: Animal Parents and Their Young. She lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

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