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Book review The Bird Way by Jennifer Ackerman

The Bird Way has the subtitle A New Look at How Birds Talk, Work, Play, Parent and Think. I borrowed The Bird Way from the library. It was first published in 2020. The book I found was a newly published (2022) paperback edition from Corsair.

Photo of the book, The Bird Way

Jennifer Ackerman has produced a wonderfully informative book about birds from many areas of the world. She has travelled widely and met with researchers from several universities.

The information is not at all boring and there is some delightful wordplay in the narrative about many species of birds. Although I am unfamiliar with birds from other parts of the world apart from the UK, I was fascinated by the tales about all sorts of species.  With a great deal of detail in over 300 pages of fairly small print it took me longer than usual to read this book. It was well worth the effort.

The chapter on how birds play made me observe birds in a new way. Since reading it I have noticed a rook doing aerobatics for fun.

With 12 pages of further reading in even smaller print The Bird Way is an ideal text for students as well as for people with an interest in the natural world.

It is one of the best nature books I have read. No wonder it has won many prizes.