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Bird Song

Biological Themes and Variations

By C. K. Catchpole, P. J. B. Slater

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Bird song is one of the most remarkable and impressive sounds in the natural world, and has inspired not only students of natural history, but also great writers, poets and composers. Extensively updated from the first edition, the main thrust of this book is to suggest that the two main functions of song are attracting a mate and defending territory. It shows how this evolutionary pressure has led to the amazing variety and complexity we see in the songs of different species throughout the world. Writing primarily for students and researchers in animal behavior, the authors review over 1000 scientific papers and reveal how scientists are beginning to unravel and understand how and why birds communicate with the elaborate vocalizations we call song. Highly illustrated throughout and written in straightforward language, Bird Song also holds appeal for amateur ornithologists with some knowledge of biology.

Product code: 9781108469227

ISBN 9781108469227
Publisher Cambridge University Press
No. of pages 347
Edition 2nd Revised edition
Dimensions H257xW180xS20
Written in straightforward language, and highly illustrated throughout, the authors explain the beauty and complexity of bird song. Extensively updated from the first edition, this second edition of Bird Song is primarily written for students and researchers, but also holds appeal for amateur ornithologists with some knowledge of biology.