Animals - Nonfiction - Science

A Most Remarkable Creature by Jonathan Meiburg

Check out if you like animals, bird calls, and listening to an author geek out.

I started listening to this one as an audiobook based on a recommendation from a coworker. It was entirely worth it because the audiobook includes a few renditions of bird calls that brought me pure joy.

The author geeks out in the most fantastic way about caracara’s, a most unique bird of prey closely related to peregrine falcons (but does not behave as though it is.) Caracaras are beyond the intelligence of most birds, they can solve puzzles, identify new food sources, and they can learn from each other. While populations are not what they used to be, the birds continue to hang on and adapt to changing conditions. They also like to steal from their human visitors.

You get to learn about a few characteristic individuals of the species, from the authors own experiences as well as those of others. Also included is a history of the species, as well as their outlook. There were too many humorous and quizzical asides to count, including a murder mystery in one chapter.

If you a looking for a joyous, quirky romp ranging from the Falklands to Great Britain. This book is for you. If anybody enjoyed Owls of the Eastern Ice by Jonathan C. Slaght, I would recommend taking this book for a spin as well.