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By David Rothenberg

The striking richness of birdsong is either a classy and a systematic secret. Evolutionists have by no means been capable of thoroughly clarify why birdsong is so artistic and why many species dedicate such a lot of hours to making a song. the traditional causes of protecting territories and attracting friends do not start to account for the range and effort that the most typical birds convey. Is it attainable that birds sing simply because they prefer to? This doubtless naive clarification is commencing to glance an increasing number of just like the fact. Why Birds Sing is a lyric exploration of birdsong that blends the most recent clinical study with a deep figuring out of musical attractiveness and shape. Drawing on conversations with neuroscientists, ecologists, and composers, it's the first publication to enquire the elusive query of why birds sing and what their tune capability to either avian and human ears. no matter if enjoying his clarinet with the whitecrested giggling thrush in Pittsburgh, or jamming within the Australian wintry weather breeding grounds of the Albert's lyrebird, Rothenberg immerses himself within the middle and soul of birdsong. He methods the topic as a naturalist, thinker, musician, and investigator. An intimate examine the mostlovely of normal phenomena, Why Birds Sing is a fantastically written exploration of a phenomenon that is straight away normal and profoundly alien.

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