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Gifts of the Crow pdf Gifts of the Crow , ebook Gifts of the Crow , epub Gifts of the Crow , doc Gifts of the Crow , e-pub Gifts of the Crow , Gifts of the Crow b104dddf6bc Stan Coren S Groundbreaking The Intelligence Of Dogs Meets Bernd Heinrich S Classic Mind Of The Raven In This Astonishing, Beautifully Illustrated Look At The Uncanny Intelligence And Emotions Of CrowsOWS ARE MISCHIEVOUS, Playful, Social, And Passionate They Have Brains That Are Huge For Their Body Size And Exhibit An Avian Kind Of Eloquence They Mate For Life And Associate With Relatives And Neighbors For Years And Because They Often Live Near People In Our Gardens, Parks, And Cities They Are Also Keenly Aware Of Our Peculiarities, Staying Away From And Even Scolding Anyone Who Threatens Or Harms Them And Quickly Learning To Recognize And Approach Those Who Care For And Feed Them, Even Giving Them Numerous, Oddly Touching Gifts In Return With His Extraordinary Research On The Intelligence And Startling Abilities Of Corvids Crows, Ravens, And Jays Scientist John Marzluff Teams Up With Artist Naturalist Tony Angell To Tell Amazing Stories Of These Brilliant Birds In Gifts Of The Crow With Narrative, Diagrams, And Gorgeous Line Drawings, They Offer An In Depth Look At These Complex Creatures And Our Shared Behaviors The Ongoing Connection Between Humans And Crows A Cultural Coevolution Has Shaped Both Species For Millions Of Years And The Characteristics Of Crows That Allow This Symbiotic Relationship Are Language, Delinquency, Frolic, Passion, Wrath, Risk Taking, And Awareness Seven Traits That Humans Find Strangely Familiar Crows Gather Around Their Dead, Warn Of Impending Doom, Recognize People, Commit Murder Of Other Crows, Lure Fish And Birds To Their Death, Swill Coffee, Drink Beer, Turn On Lights To Stay Warm, Design And Use Tools, Use Cars As Nutcrackers, Windsurf And Sled To Play, And Work In Tandem To Spray Soft Cheese Out Of A Can Their Marvelous Brains Allow Them To Think, Plan, And Reconsider Their Actions With Its Abundance Of Funny, Awe Inspiring, And Poignant Stories, Gifts Of The Crow Portrays Creatures Who Are Nothing Short Of Amazing A Testament To Years Of Painstaking Research And Careful Observation, This Fully Illustrated, Riveting Work Is A Thrilling Look At One Of Nature S Most Wondrous Creatures

10 thoughts on “Gifts of the Crow

  1. says:

    I live in the foothills of the Pyrenean mountain range in the Pays Basque evidently in English it is the Basque Country which doesn t do it justice in south west France This is an area of outstanding beauty that I will never tire of I get no greater pleasure than sitting on my terrace either on my own, or with friends or with my Labrador Chlo drinking a cup of tea, coffee or a glass of wine, purely reflecting and basking in all of this exquisite landscape.Crows make up a large part of this landscape too They fascinate me no end for some obscure reason but do they make a row when there s a group of them The term a murder of crows suits them brilliantly.I love living in the countryside, looking at the cows, sheep, seeing the changes with the four seasons but sadly noting the absence of rabbits, foxes, deer and wild boar Living in a region that is full of hunters has regrettably brought about this lack in the countryside as has also happened with fishing There are many sections of the rivers stating no kill during the fishing season Still that s life and it doesn t do to dwell too much on it.But what really incenses me is seeing traps left by our hunting fraternity to catch the crows, ravens, jays the corvids as they are considered as vermin here Well this year I saw a cage in one of the fields when I was out with Chlo that really upset and tormented me It wasn t purely the fact that there were two crows trapped inside the cage but there was also a poor hedgehog I met a friend en route home and I told him that I was going to set them all free He looked rather sternly at me and I was advised not to attempt that.On that note I ll return to this book I never thought I would ever read a book about crows but I saw a friend s review just recently and thought, why not Am I glad I did too.It isn t just the fascinating neuroscience aspect regarding crows brains, their behaviour and also the numerous anecdotes some are amazing from John Marzluff, Professor of Wildlife Science at the University of Washington, but the gorgeous illustrations by Tony Angell, who apart from being an artist is also a sculptor.Yes it is an academic reference book, and heavy in parts regarding crows brains but at the same time it is very amusing and witty with its anecdotes and also written in layman s terms.Reading this book has demonstrated the intelligence of crows, revealing their sophisticated and cognitive abilities, how they manage to survive and surprisingly enough how they view us Yes they do feed on carrion but then we, well the majority of us anyway, all eat meat and it s just a different way of savouring a meal As for learning that crows can mimic humans and speak, rather like the parrots well that in itself is remarkable I was also rather touched to hear that these birds mate for life Good for them

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    3.5 starsDo you think Good Reads will ever give us the half star option, or should I just kill myself now

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    Not just an updated In the Company of Crows and Ravens read both if you re as fascinated as I am Otoh, if you want to choose one, choose this, as it is newer and incorporates new knowledge and studies.This has less on cultural co evolution, and fewer pictures It also has skepticism and less mysticism And anatomy hard science which I admit I read lightly , including appendices If you want to read a sample before bringing it home from store or library, I recommend the chapter Awareness as the most exciting I really like the title of this Gifts, as in talents, as in what the birds can accomplish Gifts, as in benefits to us from knowing them, including, for example, friendships and a heightened understanding of our place in the world, and also as in tangible gifts like beads and nuts Worldwide, cats are implicated in the extinction of thirty0three species of birds An invasive species when let outdoors, cats are estimated to kill nearly 500 million birds each in year in the United States alone, as well as many native small mammals, amphibians, and reptiles Consciousness appears to depend on an integrated forebrain, and especially on its reciprocal connection to the thalamus The connected loops of neurons that originate in the brain stem, pass through the thalamus, and course up to the forebrain before checking in again with the thalamus or commanding muscles are an important neural basis of consciousness Animals with loops between the thalamus and forebrain have expectations in other words, they are able to consciously think Birds and mammals have these loops Reptile s loops are minimal Loops are unknown in amphibians Unlike in mammals, hair cells in a bird s ear damaged by loud sound or toxins regenerate Old birds don t need hearing aids While considering this, also consider that some birds live lifetimes comparable to those of apes crows and raven are juvenile for several years and may live several decades even in the wild Golfers near Leavenworth, Washington, were upset when a crow stole a bagged sandwich from their cart When a crow returned with the now empty bag and replaced it in the cart two holes later, they were dumbfounded Similarly, in Barclay Sound kayakers were upset when ravens stole a fresh pie, and were really angered when the pair returned with the pan the next day and dropped it on the boatmen Note the next day Fun is not an abstract concept.We humans, corvids, lab rats, and probably all vertebrates build better brains through play Weapon use between a pair of Stellar s Jays and a crow at a feeder The jay swooped at the crow but the crow held its ground After the second swoop, the jay flew into a nearby mountain mahogany bush and twisted off a four inch long pointed stick With the sharp end facing forward, the jay held the stick in its beak and lunged toward the crow The joust barely missed the crow, who lunged back at the jay, causing the weapon to fall onto the feeder The crow recovered the stick and, as the jay had done, gripped the dull end, aimed the sharp end toward the jay, and lunged That was was effective The jays flew off, and crow followed in hot pursuit, stick in beak Unfortunately there is no for further reading and the index is not helpful, as I happened to want to check on three different things and none were listed Still, I highly recommend the book to all with the slightest interest.

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    This book definitely has neuroscience and anatomy than the authors previous book, In the Company of Crows and Ravens, but it s still easily understood by a layperson me I find it interesting that all these observations and anecdotes about behaviour in corvids are backed up with explanations, where there currently are any I also notice and appreciate that the previously held view in animal ethology and biology, the one where anything even remotely seeming like that grave sin of anthropomorphisation, is dying out, and a new, broader and respectful and incorporating approach that throws away that whole Us and Them mentality is becoming the norm among many animal scientists And while I normally am wary of anecdotes in science, animal behaviour is one of those areas where you really do need anecdotes to help you complete the puzzle But the authors realise this need too, and I think are still cautious enough with anecdotes when it s warranted, and still apply the science.One particular thing that troubled me though was the advocacy of pet crows it is currently illegal per the Migratory Bird Treaty Act to keep a pet crow but perfectly legal per your state to kill them whenever Though this chasm exists, I don t think it s a good idea to advocate ownership of wild animals Sure, the licencing and regulations as a wildlife rehabilitator this section also advocates, but labelling the crow as a pet is insulting to the bird, at the very least People are barely able to handle the domesticated species as companions, and a crow is definitely to handle than a dog and an intellectual giant compared to some people , and I am definitely against wild, captive animals being kept by the public at large.That said, I would love to have a corvid companion.

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    I love crows These guys pound the science pavement to back up what we know anecdotally corvids are smart, scary smart and give proofs for how and why their brains function remarkably similar to ours I like it when writers give shape and vocabulary to something I vaguely know or believe we human species are not at the top of anything Our accomplishments don t prove that we are greater in any way Just different Lots of other species have forms of intelligence that we can t appreciate because we can t know them well enough through our own interpretive lens to understand all that s going on there Not that these men meant to convey all or any of that but a committed study of crows, who have a form of intelligence that s pretty accessible to us due to similarity, shows that there is than meets the eye, and there is so much still to learn about them, so how about all those other species different from us

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    Parrots and the corvid family of crows, ravens, and jays are considered the most intelligent of birds I never thought I would be such a fan of crows until I read Gifts of the Crow by John M Marzluff, a professor of wildlife science at the University of Washington Crows mate for life, they help feed their younger siblings and they are very smart They are considered very social and have their own dialects Who knew If you feed crows long enough they recognize your face and if you hurt disturb them, they will remember and caw or swoop at you Crow researchers found that crows can remember up to two years a human face and they can make their own tools.They have the ability to solve complicated problems and adapt to tough situations which can easily be seen in the way they gather their food and collect resources Fascinating book.

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    For the first half, I read this book at normal speed and then just exactly in the middle I started to scan and speed read I read certain behavioral sections entirely Other physiological neuron path and brain form network, I did not read the entire text, just studied the graphics If you are looking for a book about Crows as pets, Crows owners long term experiences and other Crow human interaction first person accounts as witness You will find far, far of the dense brain function and anatomy form for Corvid group birds instead This is not a book that the normal bird observer will seek out for pleasant tale reading And I have mixed feelings upon some of the summations, as well Because as good as this author seems to be within description of differences in brain forms and their functions not only in the Corvid group but to difference to mammalian brains and in prose form to the observations of others Well, he still doesn t seem to have the placements of this group within other Ava groups and there are thousands And what Biology or specific credentials for this highly scientific information does he have personally in practice He s seems like an accomplished transform technical writer for informational detail than a scientist in that wider or specific field Particularly not for any sense of inclusions within the broader field of vertebrate forms, certainly.That may be harsh But I wanted far in the quality and specific projections of bird think and far less in the physical descriptions and functions of the neuron circuits in Crow brains Looking at them and understanding the loops That s not why most people are interested in Crow actions Or Crow ability to social life memory for every nuance of tricking or caching.It was well worth the read, and I did learn some pertinent facts that I never knew before reading this Because I have loved birds, had birds as pets one cockatiel lived to 36 years and see myriads of types at the lake nearby in MI I have been reading continually upon Bird study for over 30 years.So teaching me that Crows do not have cross brain spans, can actually hold half 1 2 their brain completely asleep and 1 2 awake while flying quite well, and other such minutia that was the best part of this read for me Crows are aggressive as are the majority of other birds in this group So I wanted to know how the pet or long term backyard relationship for mood difficulty or possible troubled interchange played out And because the tales didn t tend to delve into that territory of reality physical contact much at all That was the most disappointing aspect for me while reading Did Dickens cage it Most practical applications for these intersects are never detailed You can gentle tame a parrot group member, or Cockatoos, or my beloved Nymphicus Hollandicus now a completely separate genus all of its own , the cockatiel but Crows are wild in a much non domestic sense by their very natures and IMHO also, size and strength It s an interesting book But not what you may guess it covers by the title Anatomy lessons prevail.Ironically, we see huge flocks of starlings, dozens of different song birds, sparrows and finches galore, geese, ducks, and now many other water bird species too by us, but not many crows And never in multitudes And hawks, usually Red Tail, everywhere So it was SO strange than coming home just today I saw a huge crow finishing off a rabbit road kill and never moving than 4 feet away as successive cars passed it by It looked like it was grinning That beak is quite a tool.

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    I thought you might find this interesting, was the comment my librarian wife made as she plunked the book on our kitchen table It was certainly a book I might not have picked for myself, but ever since I d acquired a mystical relationship with crows I refer to them as my brothers I ve gained a reputation for being able to call them in due to my skill at imitating their calls One time in Wisconsin I was able to lure in several outside a restaurant and they swarmed noisily overhead in response to my calls This book confirmed my suspicions about crows members of a group ornithologists call Corvids, which includes Ravens and Jays.The authors have blended reputedly true stories of crow behavior with hard scientific facts about the animal s brain and its complex functions For me, the entertaining stories about human interactions with crows were the most interesting portions of the book However, for those with a scientific bent, the diagrams of the bird s brain and descriptions of its utility in making Corvids nearly on an intellectual par with the greater apes must be equally fascinating My recommendation for this book Try it, you might like it.

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    Because this was published in 2012, I was worried it wouldn t be that great since it wouldn t include all of the incredible studies conducted on crows since then Though I would love for him to put out an updated version of this book, with the new studies included, this 2012 book felt new and satiating Crows and ravens engage in such surprising and complex behaviors In this book you will find a neuroscientific explanation for things such as why birds speech patterns result in mimicry instead of constructing novel words or sentences, why they engage in certain behaviors, and why they can make long flights without sleeping half their brain falls asleep while the other half remains active and allows them to carry out flight But, on most pages, you will also find belly laugh worthy antics carried out by crows and ravens that humans have witnessed throughout history such as ravens repeatedly removing wiper blades from people s cars LOL I feel in love with these brilliant creatures.

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    Here is where they lost me In the last chapter, there is a line that goes something like Many young injured and orphaned corvids that are taken to wildlife rehabilitators are euthanized because the rehabilitators aren t able to care for them and it is illegal to give them to families that would like to adopt them We believe that select folks should be able to keep American Crows as pets as long as it is closely regulated Isn t keeping a crow as a pet better than it dying This is not a direct quote I don t have the book in front of me right now This stuck with me so much because, in my experience, the opposite is true Yes, there are conditions much worse than death that defenseless animals dogs, cats, crows, squirrels, deer, box turtles, etc are forced to live in I do not share their confidence that there is a way to regulate the living conditions for these birds or any other wild animal as there isn t good system in place now to make sure pets are properly cared for Every day, there are cases of abuse and animal exploitation that come to light and, as heartbreaking as that is, I would hate to add corvids to the list of pets being abused and neglected It is my opinion that the laws prohibiting private citizens from keeping our wild birds as pets are there to protect the birds and it is doing a decent job of it Let s not screw the birds by kidnapping them from their native homes Instead, let s sit back and just enjoy their antics in our yard and in the park and on youtube Until this last chapter, I felt this book was ok The anecdotal sections were fun and, while I appreciated that the authors wanted to bring in the science behind it, the technical parts lost me and I ended up just scanning through those to pick up the highlights It was interesting but I feel like they could have simplified it a bit or at least shortened those parts Some sections felt over written or over explained and I was just ready for the authors to move on and get to the point.

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