Living as a Bird

Vinciane Despret

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In the first days of spring, birds undergo a spectacular metamorphosis. After a long winter of migration and peaceful co-existence, they suddenly begin to sing with all their might, varying each series of notes as if it were an audiophonic novel. They can't bear the presence of other birds and begin to threaten and attack them if they cross a border, which might be invisible to human eyes but seems perfectly tangible to birds. Naturalists and ornithologists have put forward competing theories to try to explain this remarkable transformation. Is this display of bird aggression just a pretence, a game that all birds play? Or do birds suddenly become territorial - and if so, why? When ornithologists realized that the borders of bird territories were contiguous, they were stunned: it seemed that territory building is a way that birds continue to live together by organizing themselves differently. By observing the use of territory among a wide range of species, scientists began to think that birds were creating their own neighborhoods, within which they sing together and even, on occasion, form alliances to attract females. By attending carefully to the ways that birds construct their worlds and ornithologists have tried to understand them, Despret sheds fresh light on the activities of both, and at the same time enables us to become more aware of the multiple worlds and modes of existence that characterize the planet we share in common with birds and other species.

Vinciane Despret is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Liège.


Einband Taschenbuch
Erscheinungsdatum 14.10.2021
Verlag John Wiley & Sons Inc
Seitenzahl 180
Maße (L/B) 21.6/13.8 cm
Auflage 1. Auflage
Übersetzer Helen Morrison
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-1-5095-4727-2


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  • Acknowledgements First chord Counterpoint Chapter 1 Territories Counterpoint Chapter 2 The power to affect Counterpoint Chapter 3 Overpopulation Counterpoint Second chord Counterpoint Chapter 4 Possessions Counterpoint Chapter 5 Aggression Counterpoint Chapter 6 Polyphonic scores Counterpoint Postscripts A Poetic of Attention - Stéphane Durand Gathering up the knowledge which has fallen from the nest - Baptiste Morizot Notes