Very specialized bird musicology which attempts "to reckon
seriously with the totality of songs by the 5,000 or more species
that could, without stretching the term to the utmost, be said to
'sing'." A nigh on to impossible task, reports Hartshorne, but he
gives it that old academic try, from the New Zealand Tuis'
low-pitched warbles to the Olive Whistler's "peeee-poooo" trill.
The songsters are scientifically ranked, measured, spectrogrammed,
and related. Ornithologists will croon. (Kirkus Reviews)
First published in 1973, Born to Sing is a monumental
undertaking, one of the most comprehensive, totally entertaining
studies of bird vocalizations ever available. It offers a global
survey of modes of singing, encompassing more than 5,000 species of
singing birds, with special analyses of nearly 200 species with
highly developed songs. For the professional ornithologist,
informed birdwatchers, biologists, psychologists, philosophers, and
musicologists with a strong interest in nature.
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