What an Owl Knows: The New Science of the World's Most Enigmatic Birds

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A brilliant scientific investigation into owls and why they exert such a hold on human imagination by bestselling author, Jennifer Ackerman.

For millennia, owls have captivated and intrigued us. Jennifer Ackerman illuminates the rich biology and natural history of these birds and reveals remarkable new scientific discoveries about their brains and behavior. She joins scientists in the field and explores how researchers are using modern technology and tools to learn how owls communicate, hunt, court, mate, raise their young, and move about from season to season. We now know that the hoots, squawks, and chitters of owls follow sophisticated and complex rules, allowing them to express not just their needs and desires but their individuality and identity. Owls sing duets. They migrate. They hoard their prey. Some owls live in underground burrows or roost in large groups; some dine on black widows and scorpions.

Ackerman brings this research alive with her own personal field observations about owls and dives deep into why these birds beguile us. What an Owl Knows is an awe-inspiring exploration of owls across the globe and through human history, and a spellbinding account of their astonishing hunting skills, communication, and sensory prowess.