Enter an amazing world where animals learn what to eat and how to communicate.
We don't usually think of animals learning from one another the way people do. But now scientists are beginning to wonder if animals are better students than we realize.
Well-Schooled Fish and Feathered Bandits offers stunning examples of animals teaching animals around the world. In England, chickadee-like blue tits learn to peck off the foil caps of milk bottles for a tasty meal. In Japan, macaque monkeys teach their young to wash sand-covered sweet potatoes in the sea. Meanwhile, crows in the South Pacific have invented an ingenious scoop cut from leaves. In each case, such amazing behavior is not shared by the same species in other places proof that these clever creatures pass their skills to younger generations in their own communities.
Through dramatic color photos of the featured animal species, and more surprising examples of creative critters, author Peter Christie presents a delightfully fun and tantalizing look at how animals learn.
Peter Christie is a science writer and editor whose work has appeared in many newspapers and magazines, including the Globe and Mail and Canadian Geographic magazine. He lives in Kingston, Ontario.
In an easy style, [Christie] provides a great deal of information about [animal] interactions.
These fascinating creatures have learned some of their best tricks .... by copying other animals of their kind.
Lively, visually interesting... well-designed and clearly written.