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Books on Birdsong
Birds Sing: A Journey Into the Mystery
by David Rothenberg, Basic Books, May
- Why Birds Sing, by musician and philosopher David Rothenberg,
is the first introduction to the world of bird song that combines the
insights of science, poetry, and music. The aim is to show that we need
all three human ways of knowing to find the fullest understanding of
these beautiful, natural sounds which resound around us every spring.
- The Singing Life of Birds: The Art and Science of Listening to Birdsong
with CD by Donald Kroodsma, Houghton
Mifflin, April 2005, Hardcover
- Through personal stories, Ornithologist Don Kroodsma puts the reader inside the
mind of a research scientist to explore how and why birds sing and how
people can better understand them through their songs. Includes an audio
CD of birdsongs. "The book is about the miracle of the singing bird and what we can hear
if we simply pause and take the time," says Kroodsma. "It's about
moving beyond 'identifying' birds toward 'identifying with' them."
- Birdsong: A Natural History, by Don Stap, Scribners,
March 2005, Hardcover
- An engaging profile of ornithologist Don Kroodsma and his pioneering
field studies of birdsong in the wild. Stap distills the
complexities of the study of birdsong and unveils a discovery
that sheds light on the mystery of mysteries: why young birds in the
suborder oscines - the "true songbirds" - learn their songs but the
closely related suboscines are born with their songs genetically encoded.
As the story unfolds, Stap contemplates our enduring fascination with
birdsong, from ancient pictographs and early Greek soothsayers, who
knew that bird calls represented the voices of the gods, to the story
of Mozart's pet starling.