Genius of Birds with Jennifer Ackerman

Jennifer Ackerman has been writing about science and nature for 30 years. Her most recent book, The Genius of Birds (Penguin Press, April 2016), explores the intelligence of birds

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Mirzapur and the Greater Coucal

Saw my first golden oriole of this season.  Flew in and perched on a Millingtonia tree.  We were in Mirzapur at the fabulous guesthouse of Obeetee Carpets.  A highlight was the sighting of two Greater Coucals, two Hornbills, one Rufous Treepie; and tons of other birds I had seen: drongos, bulbuls, peacocks, wagtail, etc.

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Birds in culture– the last of the four part series that I hugely enjoyed writing.

I pontificate on the pleasures of bird watching in this audio podcast here Like Arabs and falcons; like Indians and peacocks; like Americans and their eagles, like the French and their…..I don’t know which bird sparks the French imagination…. birds and animals are the stuff of our dreams and subconscious. The eagle, the ‘hamsa’ and…

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Birding: seeing versus hearing

This season is hard for birding.  The trees are lush with leaves.  Small birds are chirping and I can’t see them.  Drives me nuts. How to identify birds just by seeing them Ayurveda divides us into three phenotypes: vata, pitta and kapha. Vatas have acute hearing and enjoy the sense of touch—if my memory serves…

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Birds

Birds Have included the scenes from my balcony. A tryst with cacophony and camouflage Pigeons can fly great distances, crows are wacko and many more interesting findings while birdwatching in Bangalore Shoba Narayan Read more at: http://www.livemint.com/Leisure/hfu1MXeumPbsHp2e2kisqK/A-tryst-with-cacophony-and-camouflage.html?utm_source=copy Do you have a cherished image of yourself that is entirely delusional? I know, which one, right? My…

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