Bird Song has long been an inspiration to poets, and a delight to many other people, but why do birds sing? Bird song has been studied extensively in the past few decades, so that there is now hardly an area of animal behaviour on to which studies of song do not shed light. This book explores the study of bird song from the biological viewpoint, reviewing the literature written on the subject and considering its intricate nature. It is written with a wide readership in mind so that, while undergraduate and postgraduate students of biology may gain particularly from it, both professional biologists interested in bird behaviour and amateur ornithologists with some knowledge of biology will also find it a mine of information.
• Bird song fascinates us all, but there is no book currently in print or up to date which describes the scientific study of bird vocalisations • Book written by two of the foremost workers in this field, with complementary backgrounds • Specially commissioned illustrations
Introduction; 1. The study of bird song; 2. Production and perception; 3. How song develops; 4. Getting the message across; 5. When do birds sing?; 6. Recognition and territorial defence; 7. Sexual selection and female choice; 8. Themes and variations; 9. Variation in time and space; List of common and scientific names; References; Index.
'... an excellent contribution to the study of bird song. It deserves a wide readership, not only among students of biology and amateur ornithologists, but also among professional colleagues' Dr Torben Dabelsteen, IBIS