How birds sing and hear

chaffinch chick

How birds learn their songs

Article by:
Jeffery Boswall

Do birds have the instinctive ability to sing and call, or do individuals learn to do so in the course of each individual lifetime? Hand-reared chaffinches might have the answer.

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How birds sing

Article by:
Jeffery Boswall

Birds produce more complex sounds than any other animal. The physiology and acoustics of bird vocalisation are unique in the animal kingdom.

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Reel-to-reel tape recorder

How birds hear songs

Article by:
Jeffery Boswall

Sound recording has played a vital role in research into the vocal communication of birds. One question it's answered about birdsong is "do birds hear birdsong as we do?" 

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Further themes

Beaks, wings and tails

Which birds drum, hum, snap, bleat and clap? And why?

Birdsong

It's the most musical of all nature's sounds, but why do birds sing?

Bird calls

What are bird calls and how do they differ from birdsong?

How birds sing and hear

How do birds learn, produce and experience such complex sounds?

Mimicry and talking birds

Some birds are excellent mimics, but can they really talk to us?