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Birdsong: A Natural History
Don Stap (au)
Attempts to unravel an ancient mystery: Why do birds sing & what do their songs mean? Why does the chestnut-sided warbler sing one song before dawn & another after sunrise? How is the hermit thrush able to sing a duet with itself, producing two sounds simultaneously to create its beautiful, flutelike melody? Unveils a remarkable 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. Contemplates our enduring fascination with birdsong, from ancient pictographs & early Greek soothsayers, who knew that bird calls represented the voices of the gods, to the story of Mozart’s pet starling.
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