Gisela Kaplan is a Professor at the University of New England, and an Honorary Professor at the Queensland Brain Institute. She is the author of over 250 research articles and 21 books and has conducted groundbreaking research into vocal learning, communication and cognition in birds and other vertebrates. She holds two PhDs and an honorary DSc for her contributions to life sciences. In addition to extensive research on birds in the wild, for the past two decades she has also raised and rehabilitated injured native birds.
"The book covers with competence the most traditional topics of
avian intelligence, including nest building, mimicry, tool use,
imitation, play, social and vocal learning but also more neglected
topics, such as brain and behavioural asymmetries. [...] Overall,
the book provides a scholarly but also very enjoyable reading on
the intelligence of birds, and should thus be a recommended reading
even to non-specialists."
- Giorgio Vallortigara, Centre for Mind and Brain Sciences, University of Trento, Italy