Saturday, April 17, 2010

"Birds Are Made of Air"

Did you know there are parrots in the Amazon speaking the dead languages of lost human tribes? Birds' feathers weigh more than their bones? Crows wait for red lights at intersections, place walnuts in front of car wheels, then collect the nuts after the cars crush the shells? You're in for a treat, I'm telling you.

For all you bird lovers out there, I'm passing along this link to the audio recording of a recent Diane Rehm Show on National Public Radio:

Click here to listen and learn.

It's a fascinating interview with naturalist Sy Montgomery, author of Birdology: Adventures with a Pack of Hens, a Peck of Pigeons, Cantankerous Crows, Fierce Falcons, Hip Hop Parrots, Baby Hummingbirds, and One Murderously Big Living Dinosaur.


Crafty Green Poet said...

Yes i knew about the parrots speaking dead languages, I wrote a haiku about it once in fact and it would make an excellet topic for a longer poem, thanks for reminding me of it

lifeshighway said...

I did not know about the parrots but you have given me a quest to study.

MyMaracas said...

Crafty, I'm impressed that you knew that - and I'd love to read your haiku about it.

Lifeshighway, it is an amazing thing, isn't it.