What a treat to read another of Jennifer Ackerman’s revelation-packed, inspirational books about the avian species on our planet. “The Bird Way: A New Look at How Birds Talk, Work, Play, Parent, and Think” is an astonishingly assembled and narrated look at five aspects of birds, just as the subtitle says. Explicating cutting-edge research from around the world (but especially, I noted with pleasure, in Australia) underpins this expansive, entertaining survey. Ackerman not only shows how birds seem even more varied and versatile and capable than we ever expected, she does it in a way that makes for sprightly, pleasurable reading. Unlike most birding books, The Bird Way would satisfy any reader out to explore the world on the page. Recommended.