Where Song Began: Australia's Birds And How They Changed The World by Tim LowWhere Song Began: Australia's Birds And How They Changed The World by Tim Low

Where Song Began: Australia's Birds And How They Changed The World

byTim Low

Hardcover | September 27, 2016

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An authoritative and entertaining exploration of Australia’s distinctive birds and their unheralded role in global evolution

Renowned for its gallery of unusual mammals, Australia is also a land of extraordinary birds. But unlike the mammals, the birds of Australia flew beyond the continent’s boundaries and around the globe many millions of years ago. This eye-opening book tells the dynamic but little-known story of how Australia provided the world with songbirds and parrots, among other bird groups, why Australian birds wield surprising ecological power, how Australia became a major evolutionary center, and why scientific biases have hindered recognition of these discoveries.
 
From violent, swooping magpies to tool-making cockatoos, Australia’s birds are strikingly different from birds of other lands—often more intelligent and aggressive, often larger and longer-lived. Tim Low, a renowned biologist with a rare storytelling gift, here presents the amazing evolutionary history of Australia’s birds. The story of the birds, it turns out, is inseparable from the story of the continent itself and also the people who inhabit it.

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Tim Low is a field biologist, writer, environmental consultant, and wildlife photographer. He is the prize-winning author of six previous books, including Feral Future and The New Nature, and a frequent contributor to Wildlife Australia magazine. He lives in Brisbane, Australia.
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by Tim Low

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Title:Where Song Began: Australia's Birds And How They Changed The WorldFormat:HardcoverDimensions:424 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 1.12 inPublished:September 27, 2016Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0300221665

ISBN - 13:9780300221664

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“Both informative and provocative, Where Song Began will be enjoyed by all who are interested in birds. It is well written, engaging, and scholarly. A great read.”—John M. Marzluff, author of Welcome to Subirdia“Low’s book weaves research with personal anecdote to unveil the uniqueness and richness of Australia's birds. A fascinating read that will alter how you think about birds and their world.”—Craig W. Benkman, University of Wyoming“Low takes us on a sweeping exploration of the southern hemisphere to reveal where song birds evolved, how they started to sing, and why we should care.”—Michael Webster, Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology“It’s a great story Tim Low has pieced together, and he tells it beautifully. This is natural history at its best. Excellent stuff.”—Colin Tudge, author of The Secret Life of Birds and founder of the College for Real Farming and Food Culture (www.collegeforrealfarming.org)“Tim Low masterfully tells a story not told before. He provides an elegant synthesis of the scientific literature and a panoramic view of how Australia's songbirds originated; the ecological and behavioral forces leading to their uniqueness; and ultimately their far-reaching impacts across the globe.”—Scott Edwards, Harvard University