The singing life of birds : the art and science of listening to birdsong / Donald E. Kroodsma ; drawings by Nancy Haver
Book | Houghton Mifflin | 2005

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Description
xii, 482 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm. + 1 audio disc (digital ; 4 3/4 in.)
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 433-451) and indexes.
Contents
Beginnings -- Hearing and seeing bird sounds -- The Bewick's wren -- The American robin -- Good listening, good questions, this book -- How songs develop -- Learning songs: where, when, and from whom -- The white-crowned sparrow -- The song sparrow -- Borrowed songs: mimicry -- The northern mockingbird -- Songs that aren't learned -- Tyrant flycatchers: alder and willow flycatchers, eastern phoebe -- Why some species learn and others don't -- The tree-wattled bellbird -- The sedge wren -- Dialects: how and why songs vary from place to place -- The great marsh wren divide -- The black-capped chickadee -- The chestnut-sides warbler -- Travels with towhees, eastern and spotted -- The tufted titmouse -- Extremes of male songs -- Songbirds without a song -- The blue jay -- Songbirds with especially complex songs -- The brown thrasher -- The sage thrasher -- The winter wren -- Songbirds with especially beautiful songs -- The Bachman's sparrow -- The wood thrush -- The hermit thrush -- Music to our ears -- Songs on the wing -- The American woodcock -- Tireless singers -- The whip-poor-will -- The red-eyed vireo -- The hour before the dawn -- The eastern wood-pewee -- Chipping and Brewer's sparrows -- The eastern bluebird -- She also sings -- The barred owl -- The Carolina wren -- The northern cardinal.
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ISBN
0618405682
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