Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Books On Birdsong

While Donald Kroodsma, a specialist in the interpretation of bird songs, has released a new book, The Singing Life of Birds: The Art and Science of Listening to Birdsong, he is also the subject of another book -- about those who listen to birds.

Birdsong, by Don Stap, details the work and passions of people who analyze the sounds of birds. Stap followed Kroodsma from the lab into the field to write his account of the researcher at work.

Listen to the NPR story

David Rothenberg, a jazz musician, explores birdsong through science, poetry and music in Why Birds Sing: A Journey Into the Mystery of Bird Song (Basic Books). He examines not only why birds sing, but what their songs mean to other birds and to humans, and how birdsongs can be instinctive or learned. He points out that although males sing to defend territory or attract mates, they also sing when no females or male competitors are present - perhaps, he suggests, because they simply enjoy singing. (AP Story)

Why is everyone aflutter over Birdsong? Birdsong may reveal clues to brain function. Listen for more on NPR.

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