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Fiction Books on Birds (1 Viewer)

Farnboro John

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Well that's pretty unequivocal ;-) Knowledge, memory, assumption (and how was it portrayed in the film?) and a long tome ago, so not sure if I can still be made to do penance?


I still think he may have been better to go for Herring in the book though - a normal BH Gull would be no match for even the usual aggressive bun?, let alone dogs, cats or evil super-bunnies??!
Its the difference in weaponry though - look at a BHG's bill as a stabbing weapon on a long flexible neck, not to mention the manoeuvrability in three dimensions and it's fearsome, especially to an animal with two big front-mounted eyes and not much offensive weaponry besides incisors.

John
 

dantheman

Bah humbug
Its the difference in weaponry though - look at a BHG's bill as a stabbing weapon on a long flexible neck, not to mention the manoeuvrability in three dimensions and it's fearsome, especially to an animal with two big front-mounted eyes and not much offensive weaponry besides incisors.

John
And hind legs ...

I can see one of those who would win out of 'Tiger vs Bear' or 'Guinea Pig vs Sandwich Toaster' etc threads in the offing ;-) ;-)
 

Sterngucker

RⒶdneck
I remember reading Kes (and enjoying it) at school for my 'O'-levels. More moons ago than I care to think about.
 

Nutcracker

Stop Brexit!
Its the difference in weaponry though - look at a BHG's bill as a stabbing weapon on a long flexible neck, not to mention the manoeuvrability in three dimensions and it's fearsome, especially to an animal with two big front-mounted eyes and not much offensive weaponry besides incisors.

John
At least not GBB Gull - last video I saw of one of those with a Rabbit, the Rabbit ended up wholly inside the GBB (except for the toes of the hind legs) 😜
 

AlexNillson88

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"The Genius of Birds" is really a good book. This is a marvelous book about the intelligence of birds. In this book, Jennifer Ackerman describes a wide range of bird species, brain sizes, and capabilities. Bird brains, in size relative to body weight, are similar to those of mammals. Of course, in absolute terms, they are small, as their total weight must be minimal in order to fly.
 

Tired

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United States
Guardians of Ga'Hoole is a book series about owls who have become as intelligent as humans, after humans have gone extinct. There's some really interesting worldbuilding, and also the author has thrown magic in. Not all of it is completely accurate to how owls actually function (intelligence and tool use aside), but it's interesting, and fun. Theoretically intended for children, but a bit dark in spots, and there is definitely a good deal of violence. Most of it isn't too graphic. I recently re-read the whole series, and I can solidly recommend it. If you don't like magic in your stories much, the first book (and I believe the first three?) are pretty low on it. It gets a little wilder in spots later on. The logic is all consistent in-universe, though, which is the important part when dealing with magic in fiction.
 

jring

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I remember reading Kes (and enjoying it) at school for my 'O'-levels. More moons ago than I care to think about.

Yeah, here too - no such thing as O-Levels in germany but we read it (or rather the novel version called "A Kestrel for a Knave" by Barry Hines - Kes is the name of the movie adaption) in english class - must have been 9th or 10th grade...

Joachim
 

jurek

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Somebody should write a book about birds of prey, owls and carnivore mammals as main characters. This seems to be the best way to protect them.

Give them a code of honour, like animals in The Jungle Book, give them well developed and contrasting characters, like Wind in The Willows, put one or another cute little one for children to identify with, put another at the border between youth and adulthood like Chronicles of Redwall, make some fun of clumsy, clueless humans, like Muggles in Harry Potter. And whoa!
 

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