Birdsong

Birdsong

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by Don Stap
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195309014

ISBN-13: 9780195309010

Pub. Date: 05/01/2006

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

"Following one of the world's experts on birdsong from the woods of Martha's Vineyard to the tropical forests of Central America, Don Stap brings to life the quest to unravel an ancient mystery: Why do birds sing and what do their songs mean?" Stap's lucid prose distills the complexities of the study of birdsong and unveils a remarkable discovery that sheds light on…  See more details below

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"Following one of the world's experts on birdsong from the woods of Martha's Vineyard to the tropical forests of Central America, Don Stap brings to life the quest to unravel an ancient mystery: Why do birds sing and what do their songs mean?" Stap's lucid prose distills the complexities of the study of birdsong and 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. 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.

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ISBN-13:
9780195309010
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
05/01/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
1,320,740
Product dimensions:
7.80(w) x 5.30(h) x 0.50(d)

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