Bird sense. Tim Birkhead at @McrSciFest Wed 30 Oct 2013 6.30pm

Bird sense: what it’s like to be a bird. A free Manchester Science Festival talk in association with the Royal Society Winton Prize.

Wed 30 Oct 2013 6.30pm here in Blackwell’s.

What is it like to be a swift, flying at 100km an hour? What’s going on inside the head of a nightingale as it sings? Our affinity for birds is often said to be the result of shared senses – vision and hearing – but how do their senses compare with ours? What about a bird’s sense of taste, smell, or the ability to detect the Earth’s magnetic field?

Tim Birkhead, shortlisted author for the 2013 Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books, reveals what it’s like to be a bird and how they interpret the world.

This event is free and will last an hour. No booking required. For all Manchester Science Festival events at Blackwell’s, click here.


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