Tim Birkhead





Tim Birkhead


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Bird Sense: What It's Like ...

3.98 avg rating — 894 ratings — published 2012 — 13 editions
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The Wisdom of Birds: An Ill...

4.31 avg rating — 156 ratings — published 2008 — 5 editions
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The Most Perfect Thing: Ins...

3.88 avg rating — 129 ratings — published 2016 — 7 editions
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Promiscuity: An Evolutionar...

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A Brand New Bird: How Two A...

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The Magpies: The Ecology an...

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“One of the most remarkable of all ornithological discoveries was the realisation that birds in temperate regions undergo enormous seasonal changes in their internal organs...Perhaps the most far-reaching discovery relating to these changes was the finding in the 1970s that parts of the brain also varied in size across the year...The centres in the avian brain that control the acquisition and delivery of song in male birds shrink at the end of the breeding season and grow again in the following year.”
Tim Birkhead, Bird Sense: What It's Like to Be a Bird

“Touch’ is a multi-faceted concept, reflecting the different types of receptors. The simplest are free nerve endings which detect pain and changes in temperature; slightly more complex are Merkel’s tactile cells (which detect pressure); followed by Grandry bodies, which consist of two to four tactile cells and detect movement (velocity); and the lamellated Herbst corpuscles (similar to Vater-Pacinian corpuscles in mammals), which are sensitive to acceleration.”
Tim Birkhead, Bird Sense: What It's Like to Be a Bird

“Nests – sometimes a metre or so across and containing multiple chambers – were often owned by two males operating as a team.”
Tim Birkhead, Bird Sense: What It's Like to Be a Bird

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