The Parrot in the Mirror

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Author and behavioural ecologist based in Sydney, Antone Martinho-Truswell considers how many human traits are more similar to birds than to our fellow mammals; including our longevity, intelligence, monogamy and...
9780198846109
Antone Martinho-Truswell
224 pages
Hard Cover
SKU: ParrMirror
Bird Books
Oxford Uni Press
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Author and behavioural ecologist based in Sydney, Antone Martinho-Truswell considers how many human traits are more similar to birds than to our fellow mammals; including our longevity, intelligence, monogamy and even child rearing. He looks at how the similar conditions in which parrots and humans evolved led us to these similarities – while exploring fascinating insights into the life of birds along the way.

The Parrot in the Mirror is a wonderful popular science book which asks; How similar are your choices, behaviours, and lifestyle to those of a parrot?

Antone’s work has been published in Science, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Current Biology, and elsewhere, and has been covered in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Times, and The New Scientist, as well as on BBC Radio and TalkRadio.

He is currently Dean of Graduate House at St Paul's College, Sydney, and was previously Fellow in Biology at Magdalen College, Oxford.

In his review for the New Scientist, Simon Ings said: “Having read it, you won’t look at yourself in the mirror in quite the same way.”

This fascinating hard cover book should interest anyone with an interest in birds, evolution, or human behaviour! 

In contemplating what we share with the birds, and especially the parrots, we understand how close nature came to creating another lineage of radical intelligence on Earth, and we also come to better understand ourselves.

 CHAPTERS: 

Introduction
1: How Did We Get Here?
2: A Long and Happy Life
3: Bird Brains
4: Till Death Do Us Part
5: Learning to Sing
6: Parrots in the Mirror
Bibliography
Index