Sioux Falls Zoologists

"Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent!"

The mirror test is an experiment developed in 1970 by psychologist Gordon Gallup Jr. to determine whether an animal possesses the ability to recognize itself in a mirror. It is the primary indicator of self-awareness in non-human animals and marks entrance to the mirror stage by human children in developmental psychology. Animals that pass mirror test are: Humans older than 18 mo, Chimpanzees, Bonobos, Orangutans, Gorillas, Bottlenose Dolphins, Orcas (Killer Whales), Elephants, and European Magpies. Others showing signs of self-awareness are Pigs, some Gibbons, Rhesus Macaques, Capuchin Monkeys, some Corvids (Crows & Ravens) and Pigeons w/training. (Sorry Kitty!)

Sioux Falls Zoologists endorse Birds Are People, Too
for the humorous look at birds.

Birds Are People, Too
Humor in the Avian World
By Kate Davis

Birds Are People, Too (2016) - 128 pages
Birds Are People, Too  at Amazon.com

When you see a bird diving for a fish, landing on a perch, or singing from a fence post, do you wonder what it's saying or thinking? While staking out nests or waiting for the perfect shot on cold mornings, photographer Kate Davis has wondered plenty. In Birds Are People, Too, she lets her imagination fly with humorous takes at the avian world, from young owls pondering if their parents will really kick them out of the nest to a sleepy robin that awoke too late to get the worm. You'll be entertained and amazed by this extraordinary collection of more than 100 never-before-published action photos of 62 bird species.

Kate Davis knows birds, and it's a riot to see that someone as knowledgeable and talented as Kate can't help but anthropomorphize the behaviors of these beautiful and wondrous creatures.

This book is a reminder of the beauty of the world, and that we have a kinship with all living things. Our ability to laugh at our condition is what makes us, and our avian friends, special. And hilarious.

Birds Are People, Too
Humor in the Avian World
By Kate Davis

Sioux Falls Zoologists endorse Birds Are People, Too
for the humorous look at birds.