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Oct 6, 2020

Birds are intelligent, sociable creatures that exhibit a wide array of behaviors—from mobbing and mimicking to mating and joint nesting. But why do they behave as they do?

Biologist Wenfei Tong joined us with observations from her new book, Understanding Bird Behavior, bringing to light the remarkable actions of birds with cases from species around the world. Through engaging vignettes about the private lives of birds, Tong explored how birds find food, what their courtship rituals look like, the familial conflicts that crop up, and the stresses and strains of nesting. She also shared how birds change certain behaviors based on climate. Drawing on both classic examples and the latest research, join her as she offers a close-up look at the many ways birds conduct themselves in the wild.

Wenfei Tong is a biologist with a passion for understanding and conserving the natural world. She has a PhD in evolutionary biology from Harvard, where she is currently a research associate. Her first book was Bird Love: The Family Life of Birds.

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