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Why Birds Sing: A Journey into the Mystery of Bird Song / Edition 1
     

Why Birds Sing: A Journey into the Mystery of Bird Song / Edition 1

by David Rothenberg
 

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ISBN-10: 0465071368

ISBN-13: 2900465071363

Pub. Date: 03/28/2006

Publisher: Basic Books

The astonishing richness of bird song is an aesthetic and scientific mystery that biology has never been able to completely solve. The standard explanations-defending territories and attracting mates-don't begin to account for the variety and energy of bird song or why so many species devote so many hours to singing. Is it possible that birds sing because they like to

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The astonishing richness of bird song is an aesthetic and scientific mystery that biology has never been able to completely solve. The standard explanations-defending territories and attracting mates-don't begin to account for the variety and energy of bird song or why so many species devote so many hours to singing. Is it possible that birds sing because they like to? This seemingly naive explanation is starting to look more and more like the truth.

Drawing on conversations with neuroscientists, ecologists, and composers, Why Birds Sing is the first book to investigate the elusive question of what their song means to both avian and human ears. Rothenberg even jams along with birds to directly experience what they are up to. This paperback edition is the first to include an audio CD of this interspecies music, along with a brand new afterword covering the very latest in bird song discoveries.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900465071363
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
03/28/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288

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Table of Contents

Prefaceix
1You Make My Heart Sing1
2To Drink the Sound13
3She Likes It31
4The Song Machine57
5Your Tune or Mine?93
6Rhythm and Detail116
7The Canary's New Brain145
8Listen with the Mockingbird169
9The Opposite of Time188
10Becoming a Bird209
Afterword: What Do Birds Sing?231
Acknowledgments237
Further Reading239
Notes243
Illustration Credits255
Index257
CD Listening Guide265

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