Avian cognition.

Avian cognition. Carel ten Cate, Susan D. Healy.

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017. Octavo, laminated boards, graphs, tables.

The cognitive abilities of birds are continually being discovered. Remarkable examples include hummingbirds integrating spatial and temporal information about food sources, day-old chicks having a sense of numbers, parrots making and using tools, and ravens showing sophisticated insights into social relationships. This volume describes the full range of avian cognitive abilities, the mechanisms behind such abilities and how they relate to the ecology of the species. Synthesising the latest research in avian cognition, a range of experts in the field provide first-hand insights into experimental procedures, outcomes and theoretical advances, including a discussion of how the findings in birds relate to the cognitive abilities of other species, including humans. The authors cover a range of topics such as spatial cognition, social learning, tool use, perceptual categorization and concept learning, providing the broader context for students and researchers interested in the current state of avian cognition research, its key questions and appropriate experimental approaches.

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