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"Covering a topic even expert birders would find intriguing, The Secret Perfume of Birds explores new territory related to neuroscience in an accessible yet scholarly way. Whittaker's writing style will be compelling to anyone who enjoys learning more about natural history. This fascinating book will make a great addition to current popular nonfiction literature."

"This fun and fascinating book dispels the myth that birds can't smell, a topic largely overlooked since the time of Audubon. Whittaker uses her own unusual backstory to lead us through many interwoven layers that comprise the field (and lab) experience of bird olfaction, mate choice, and social behavior. She cleverly introduces us to bird scent at multiple levels of biological complexity (microbes to immune function to behavior) and provides comparisons across taxa, including humans. The Secret Perfume of Birds enables readers, for the first time, to master an understanding of how scents feature in the lives of birds while sharing with us the 'wow factor' that scientists experience when they discover how nature actually works!"

"Full of fascinating fact-filled diversions as well as eye-opening anecdotes about the scientific life, this book changed the way I see (and smell) birds. Read it and you'll uncover new behaviors, perspectives, and possibilities."

The Secret Perfume of Birds
Uncovering the Science of Avian Scent
Publication Date: 1 Mar 2022
Status: Pre-order
Trim Size: 6" x 9"
Page Count: 296 pages
Illustrations: 11 b&w photos, 14 b&w illus.
ISBN: 9781421443478