Where Song Began: Australia’s Birds and How They Changed the World
New Haven: Yale University Press, 2016
Low’s book challenges expectations that all species originated from similar areas of the globe, instead arguing that most birds around the world today originated in Australia–and that they have influenced the world, including humans, to sing. He provides interesting insights into the size and aggressiveness of Australian birds, as well as odd and rare species, such as those with poisonous feathers.
This book is part of the 2017 Berkeley Summer Reading List. Stay tuned for more weekly posts!