New bird book makes sense

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A BIRD-loving Sheffield University academic is receiving rave reviews for his latest wildlife book called ‘Bird Sense, What It’s Like to Be a Bird’.

The new publication, by Professor Tim Birkhead, features a chapter focusing on each sense - including vision, smell, touch, taste, and magnetic sense.

During his three years of research for the book, Professor Birkhead travelled the world.

In New Zealand, he studied the Kiwi and its amazing sense of touch and smell as well as the flightless Kakapo, and in Ecuador he witnessed cave dwelling Oilbirds.

The ground-breaking book is the first to investigate how birds interpret the world or the way the behaviour of birds is shaped by their senses.