Corvus: A Life with Birds

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Granta Books, 2008 - Birds - 337 pages
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BIRDS & BIRDWATCHING. Esther Woolfson has been fascinated by corvids, the bird group that includes crows, rooks, magpies and ravens, since her daughter rescued a fledgling rook sixteen years ago. That rook named Chicken has lived with the family ever since. Other birds have also taken their place in the household, a magpie, starling, parrot and the inhabitants of an outdoor dove-house. But above all, it has been the corvids (a talking magpie named Spike, Chicken the rook, and, recently, a baby crow named Ziki) that she has formed the closest attachments with, amazed by their intelligence, personality and capacity for affection. Living with birds has allowed Woolfson to learn aspects of bird behaviour which would otherwise have been impossible to know, the way they happily become part of the structure of a family, how they communicate, their astonishing empathy. She weaves in the science of bird intelligence, evolution, song and flight throughout.

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User Review  - Shimmin - LibraryThing

A mixture of autobiography, bird anecdotes, as musings on birds, birdhood, humanity and its opinions of birds, life, and the interactions between them all. There's a fair dose of biology in there, and ... Read full review

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User Review  - satyridae - LibraryThing

An enjoyable and erudite memoir of Woolfson's life with birds. She does not confine her love, nor her writing, to the corvids- though they do make up the bulk of the book. Some of the gritty realities ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Esther Woolfson was brought up in Glasgow and studied Chinese at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Edinburgh University. Her acclaimed short stories have appeared in many anthologies. She has won prizes for these and also for nature writing. Esther has been a recipient of a Scottish Arts Council Travel Grant and a Writer's Bursary. She lives in Aberdeen, Scotland.

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