Of all the different animals, birds are arguably best known for their amazing and varied sounds. Often, it is their sounds that we remember best. Whether it is the wailing laugh of a Common Loon, the bugling of a flock of swans or long-legged Sandhill Cranes, the honking of a flock of Canada Geese, or the ethereal of haunting songs of the many thrushes, the songs of birds captivate us.
Announcing its territory, a Pied-Billed Grebe gives its caow caow caow song.
Double-crested Cormorants are often silent, but at nesting sites and roosts and sometimes while feeding in flocks, they produce a variety of deep, guttural calls, some of them gruntlike.
The Great Blue Heron's most commonly heard vocalization, often given when alarmed and in fright, is a hoarse frawnk.
Adult Glossy Ibis are usually silent but they sometimes utter crowlike croaking calls and, when in flocks, subdued chattering or grunting sounds.
“Here are splendid color illustrations of 250 species of birds, some showing only the male and others showing both the male and female. Drawing from the Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the book is divided into four parts: seabirds, shorebirds, and water birds; forest birds; woodland birds; and open-country birds. With each illustration is a description of the bird's range in the U.S. and Canada, and its ecology and behavior. The profiles emphasize the birds' vocalizations—both songs and calls—which can be heard on an audio component that comes with the book. By using this digital audio technology, readers will be able to relate the songs and calls to the birds' appearances. Beletsky, a notable bird biologist, has written a fascinating book that will aid bird-watchers.” —George Cohen, Booklist
“Bird Songs is a significant new learning device for birdwatchers. By bringing digital audio technology to the printed book, you can relate the songs and calls of those birds you see from the comfort of your armchair. This unique and informative tool, combining text, illustrations, and sounds, should be on every coffee table." —Dr. Paul Green, Director of Citizen Science, National Audubon Society
Renowned ornithologist Les Beletsky introduces you to 250 birds of North America, brought to life with colorful illustrations and a digital audio player that provides each bird’s distinctive song.
Drawing from the collection of the world-renowned Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Bird Songs presents the most notable North American birds—including the rediscovered ivory-billed woodpecker—in a stunning format. Features include:
Complete with the most up-to-date and scientifically accurate information, Bird Songs is the first book to capture the enchantment of these beautiful birds in words, pictures, and song.
Les Beletsky is a professional bird biologist and natural history expert. Prior to taking up nature writing, he conducted twenty years of behavioral research on birds, concentrating on bird vocalizations and breeding behavior. He has written or co-written more than thirty-five papers and two books on birds, one of which won an award from The Wildlife Society as "outstanding wildlife ecology book of the year." An avid visitor of bird-watching and wildlife locations across the globe, he has made multiple trips to the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Australia. Detecting a need for comprehensive, single-volume guides for travelers interested in wildlife, he created and edited the Ecotravellers’ Wildlife Guide series (currently published as the Travellers’ Wildlife Guides by Interlink Books). He has written or co-written ten of these wildlife travel guides, which illustrate and describe in detail all the kinds of wildlife, birds in particular, that a traveler to a particular state or country might encounter.