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The Mincing Mockingbird: Guide to Troubled Birds

The Mincing Mockingbird: Guide to Troubled Birds Lowest new price: $3.38
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Author: Matt Adrian
Brand: The Mincing Mockingbird

The Mincing Mockingbird Guide to Troubled Birds is an illustrated, pocket field guide that enables anyone to quickly identify psychotic, violent or mentally unstable bird species. Written in non-technical language for the layman, the guide describes where to find—or where to avoid—the most disturbed North American birds.

Throughout the book the reader will discover tales of murder, assault, mental breakdowns, obesity, drug abuse and infidelity among the birds. This guide is used and recommended by law enforcement agencies and ignored by leading ornithologists.

We are only just discovering the reality of our avian adversaries, with their reptilian brains, their appetites for mayhem and the fact that they fly mostly to spite us. To ignore the information found within this volume may be at the peril of your very life.

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The Genius of Birds

The Genius of Birds Lowest new price: $3.46
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Author: Jennifer Ackerman
Brand: Penguin Pr

Birds are astonishingly intelligent creatures. According to revolutionary new research, some birds rival primates and even humans in their remarkable forms of intelligence.
 
In The Genius of Birds, acclaimed author Jennifer Ackerman explores the newly discovered brilliance of birds. As she travels around the world to the most cutting-edge frontiers of research—the distant laboratories of Barbados and New Caledonia, the great tit communities of the United Kingdom and the bowerbird habitats of Australia, the ravaged mid-Atlantic coast after Hurricane Sandy and the warming mountains of central Virginia and the western states—Ackerman not only tells the story of the recently uncovered genius of birds but also delves deeply into the latest findings about the bird brain itself that are shifting our view of what it means to be intelligent.
 
Consider, as Ackerman does, the Clark’s nutcracker, a bird that can hide as many as 30,000 seeds over dozens of square miles and remember several months later where it put them, or the mockingbirds and thrashers, species that can store 200 to 2,000 different songs in a brain a thousand times smaller than ours.
 
But beyond highlighting how birds use their unique genius in technical ways, Ackerman points out the impressive social smarts of birds. They deceive and manipulate. They eavesdrop. They give gifts. They kiss to console one another. They blackmail their parents. They alert one another to danger. They summon witnesses to the death of a peer. They may even grieve.
 
This elegant scientific investigation and travelogue weaves personal anecdotes with fascinating science. Ackerman delivers an extraordinary story that will both give readers a new appreciation for the exceptional talents of birds and let them discover what birds can reveal about our changing world. Richly informative and beautifully written, The Genius of Birds celebrates the triumphs of these surprising and fiercely intelligent creatures.

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A Parrot's Fine Cuisine Cookbook: and Nutritional Guide

A Parrot's Fine Cuisine Cookbook: and Nutritional Guide Lowest new price: $18.32
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Author: Karmen Budai

What we feed our birds has a direct effect on their health and happiness. Avian experts continue to see poor nutrition as the cause for many serious illnesses, even death, in parrots. This book offers articles from Dr. Jason Crean, Dr. Stephanie Lamb and Vlogger Marlene Mc'Cohen on the importance of raw whole foods, the nutritional powerhouse of soaking and sprouting, avian teas, safe and toxic foods, getting your bird to eat vegetables, pros and cons of pellets, a 12 page nutritional list, and much more. A Parrot’s Fine Cuisine Cookbook & Nutritional Guide will give you insights into the evolving topics of avian nutrition. Join us in our mission to raise the bar of parrot health through increased dietary diversity. You will also find over 60 unique and healthy recipes for your VIP companion. Karmen Budai has created these recipes with love and passion to offer the best we can in avian nutrition. A Parrot's Fine Cuisine Cookbook is a beautiful 8x10 book with full color photos, illustrations or charts on almost every page. BE SURE TO WATCH THE VIDEO BELOW TO SEE INSIDE THE BOOK!

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Birds Of Florida Field Guide

Birds Of Florida Field Guide Lowest new price: $2.69
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Author: Stan Tekiela
Brand: Adventure Publications Inc.

Make bird watching in Florida even more enjoyable! With Stan Tekiela’s famous field guide, bird identification is simple and informative. There’s no need to look through dozens of photos of birds that don’t live in Florida. This book features 140 species of Florida birds, organized by color for ease of use. Do you see a yellow bird and don’t know what it is? Go to the yellow section to find out. Fact-filled information, a compare feature, range maps, and detailed photographs help to ensure that you positively identify the birds that you see.

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Mozart's Starling

Mozart's Starling Lowest new price: $10.54
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Author: Lyanda Lynn Haupt

On May 27th, 1784, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart met a flirtatious little starling in a Viennese shop who sang an improvised version of the theme from his Piano Concerto no. 17 in G major. Sensing a kindred spirit in the plucky young bird, Mozart bought him and took him home to be a family pet. For three years, the starling lived with Mozart, influencing his work and serving as his companion, distraction, consolation, and muse.

Two centuries later, starlings are reviled by even the most compassionate conservationists. A nonnative, invasive species, they invade sensitive habitats, outcompete local birds for nest sites and food, and decimate crops. A seasoned birder and naturalist, Lyanda Lynn Haupt is well versed in the difficult and often strained relationships these birds have with other species and the environment. But after rescuing a baby starling of her own, Haupt found herself enchanted by the same intelligence and playful spirit that had so charmed her favorite composer.

In Mozart's Starling, Haupt explores the unlikely and remarkable bond between one of history's most cherished composers and one of earth's most common birds. The intertwined stories of Mozart's beloved pet and Haupt's own starling provide an unexpected window into human-animal friendships, music, the secret world of starlings, and the nature of creative inspiration. A blend of natural history, biography, and memoir, Mozart's Starling is a tour de force that awakens a surprising new awareness of our place in the world.

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Feathered Friends 2019 Wall Calendar: Watercolor Bird Illustrations

Feathered Friends 2019 Wall Calendar: Watercolor Bird Illustrations Lowest new price: $10.76
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Author: Geninne D Zlatkis
Brand: Amber Lotus

Full of chirpy character and teeming with life, Geninne D Zlatkis's delightful watercolor illustrations will set your spirits aloft throughout the year. You can almost hear the birds chattering to one another as they flit between flowers and fruit and alight upon cactuses.

  • 12" x 12" wall calendar (12" x 24" open).
  • The perfect gift for the bird lover or folk art aficionado.
  • A year of delightful watercolor bird illustrations on your wall.
  • Frameable artbook-quality printing.
  • Printed on paper sourced from a combination of sustainably managed forests and recycled materials.
  • Published by Amber Lotus, an independent carbon-negative US company that has planted more than half a million trees since 2008.
  • This calendar features US and Canadian legal holidays, phases of the moon, and important observances of the world's major religions.

Geninne D Zlatkis is a popular illustrator and stamper whose passion for nature infuses life into her art. Drawing from the rich culture and diverse flora and fauna of Mexico, where she lived for many years, Geninne makes bold use of color and texture in her work. She is a multitalented artist who uses a combination of techniques — including stamping, collage, watercolor, and illustration — to create striking images. Invite her charming feathered friends into your home with this distinctive folk art-inspired collection.

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The Truth About Animals: Stoned Sloths, Lovelorn Hippos, and Other Tales from the Wild Side of Wildlife

The Truth About Animals: Stoned Sloths, Lovelorn Hippos, and Other Tales from the Wild Side of Wildlife Lowest new price: $18.49
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Author: Lucy Cooke

Mary Roach meets Bill Bryson in this "surefire summer winner" (Janet Maslin, New York Times), an uproarious tour of the basest instincts and biggest mysteries of the animal world

Humans have gone to the Moon and discovered the Higgs boson, but when it comes to understanding animals, we've still got a long way to go. Whether we're seeing a viral video of romping baby pandas or a picture of penguins "holding hands," it's hard for us not to project our own values--innocence, fidelity, temperance, hard work--onto animals. So you've probably never considered if moose get drunk, penguins cheat on their mates, or worker ants lay about. They do--and that's just for starters. In The Truth About Animals, Lucy Cooke takes us on a worldwide journey to meet everyone from a Colombian hippo castrator to a Chinese panda porn peddler, all to lay bare the secret--and often hilarious--habits of the animal kingdom. Charming and at times downright weird, this modern bestiary is perfect for anyone who has ever suspected that virtue might be unnatural.

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Rockhounding Washington: A Guide to the State's Best Sites (Rockhounding Series)

Rockhounding Washington: A Guide to the State's Best Sites (Rockhounding Series) Lowest new price: $16.34
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Author: Lars Johnson

This book provides detailed directions and GPS coordinates to the best rockhounding sites in Washington, with valuable tips on what to tools to bring and how to conduct your search. Comprehensive lists of minerals or fossils for each site and excellent color photos will help you know what to look for and to identify what you’ve found. Information on clubs, rock shops, museums, and special attractions are provided. Rockhounding Washington is a must-have for anyone interested in collecting their own minerals, gems, and fossils in the region.

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Simon & Schuster's Guide to Rocks & Minerals

Simon & Schuster's Guide to Rocks & Minerals Lowest new price: $9.89
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Brand: Simon Schuster Inc

An easy to use field guide that contains everything rock and mineral enthusiasts need to know with more than 1,000 spectacular illustrations—600 in full color!

Practical, concise, and easy to use, Simon & Schuster’s Guide to Rocks and Minerals contains everything that the rock and mineral enthusiast needs to know. This field guide is divided into two large sections—one devoted to minerals and one to rocks, each prefaced by a comprehensive introduction that discusses formation, chemistry, and more. All 377 entries, beautifully illustrated with color photographs and helpful visual symbols, provide descriptions and practical information about appearance, classification, rarity, crystal formation, mode of occurrence, gravity of mineral, rock chemistry, modal classification fields, formational environments, grain sizes of rocks, and much more.

Whether you are a serious collector or an information-seeking amateur, this incomparably beautiful, authoritative guide will prove an invaluable reference.

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  • Simon Schuster Inc

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Bird Feathers: A Guide to North American Species

Bird Feathers: A Guide to North American Species Lowest new price: $22.00
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Author: S. David Scott
Brand: Stackpole Books
Model: STACKSP11736183

  • Over 400 photos of representative feathers from 379 species
  • How to identify not only what bird a feather came from but also what kind of feather it is
  • Range maps and wing type given for each bird

    This guide teaches birders to use the characteristics of wing types and feather morphology to identify feathers--not only by species but also by their place on the bird's body.

    The introductory chapters give a detailed overview of the feather--how feathers developed, the parts of a single feather, and the variety of types of feathers on a bird. In the feather identification section, more than 400 color photographs show feather samples from 379 bird species from all over North America. Along with the wing type of the species and a map showing its range, several types of feathers are included for each bird; each feather is labeled with its type and its size.

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