Ever heard of a tool making crow, the great co-operation of the penguins or birds that navigate by the stars? Believe it or not these are just a few examples of the ways in which the animals, thought by some to be the last remaining dinosaurs, differ. Birds are beautiful, lively, intriguing - and all around us. They have minds: they feel, they are aware, they work things out. And so, by considering the birds, asking how and why it is possible for them to be so different, we gain insight into ourselves. All animals are equal - but some, as George Orwell said, are more equal than others, and birds, most people would surely agree, are in the very first rank.
In his new and endlessly absorbing book Colin Tudge explores the life of birds all around the globe. From their secrets of migration and flight to their complicated family lives he discovers how they live, why they matter and whether they are indeed dinosaurs. He shows how birds - who are like us in the general sense but very different in the particulars - live and think. A talk for biologists, ornithologists and bird lovers alike.
This is a free event but entrants must obtain a ticket. These are available from the Customer Service Department, Second Floor, Blackwell bookshop, 48-51 Broad Street, Oxford. Please telephone 01865 333623 for further details. (oxygen_142)