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Back by popular demand with more than 300,000 copies sold, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology is proud to re-release the widely acclaimed and bestselling bird audio field guide series, Backyard Birdsongs, from award-winning Ornithologist and Author, Donald Kroodsma.
Backyard Birdsongs is an interactive handbook of birds and their songs for beginning bird-watchers. With a touch-button electronic module housing common vocalizations of 75 species from across Eastern and Central North America, this volume offers a truly sensory way to identify and get to know local birds. Crisply detailed and scientifically accurate illustrations accompany each entry, and up-to-date range maps provide clear geographical reference points. Complete with an introduction to birdsongs that will inspire readers to look out their kitchen windows and venture out in the field, this unique book provides an exciting entryway into the subtle art of birding.
This second edition includes a much-requested new Sound Track Index (to help make watching and listening to birds easier), and a free download of the Cornell Lab's own MERLIN™ Bird ID App (on iTunes and Android stores).
And as with all Cornell Lab Publishing Group books, 35% of the net proceeds from the sale of Backyard Birdsongs supports projects at the Cornell Lab, such as children’s educational and community programs.
Donald Kroodsma is professor emeritus of ornithology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a world-renowned authority on birdsongs. He is the author of The Singing Life of Birds (winner of the 2006 John Burroughs Medal Award and the American Birding Association's Robert Ridgway Distinguished Service Award for excellence in publications pertaining to field ornithology), The Backyard Birdsong Guides, and Birdsong by the Seasons.
Donald's work on bird song is legendary. In 2003 the American Ornithologists' Union called him the "reigning authority on the biology of avian vocal behavior." Kroodsma received his Ph.D. at Oregon State University and has traveled all over North and South America researching bird song. He is a Fellow of the American Ornithologists' Union and the Animal Behavior Society and has published hundreds of academic and popular articles. He lives in Hatfield, MA.
Table of Contents
New Inside Cover SOUND TRACK INDEX
INTRODUCTION: THE WORLD OF BIRDSONG Why Birds Sing 10 Where Each Bird Gets His Song 12 Songs and Calls 14 The Practice of Deep Listening 15 Where to Begin 21 How to Use the Audio Player 22
SECTION 1: THE NON-PASSERINE GROUP Ducks and Geese (Anatidae) 26 Canada Goose Ducks and Geese (Anatidae) 28 Mallard New World Quail (Odontophoridae) 30 Northern Bobwhite Loons (Gaviidae) 32 Common Loon Grebes (Podicipedidae) 34 Pied-billed Grebe Hawks and Eagles (Accipitridae) 36 Red-tailed Hawk Rails, Gallinules, and Coots (Rallidae) 38 Sora Plovers (Charadriidae) 40 Killdeer Sandpipers and Phalaropes (Scolopacidae) 42 American Woodcock Pigeons and Doves (Columbidae) 44 Mourning Dove Owls (Strigidae) 46 Great Horned Owl Owls (Strigidae) 48 Barred Owl Goatsuckers (Caprimulgidae) 50 Whip-poor-will Kingfishers (Alcedinidae) 52 Belted Kingfisher Woodpeckers (Picidae) 54 Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers Woodpeckers (Picidae) 56 Northern Flicker
SECTION 2: THE PASSERINE GROUP Tyrant Flycatchers (Tyrannidae) 60 Eastern Wood-Pewee Tyrant Flycatchers (Tyrannidae) 62 Willow Flycatcher Tyrant Flycatchers (Tyrannidae) 64 Eastern Phoebe Tyrant Flycatchers (Tyrannidae) 66 Great Crested Flycatcher Tyrant Flycatchers (Tyrannidae) 68 Eastern Kingbird Vireos (Vireonidae) 70 White-eyed Vireo Vireos (Vireonidae) 72 Warbling Vireo Vireos (Vireonidae) 74 Red-eyed Vireo Jays and Crows (Corvidae) 76 Blue Jay Jays and Crows (Corvidae) 78 American Crow Swallows (Hirundinidae) 80 Purple Martin Chickadees and Titmice (Paridae) 82 Black-capped Chickadee Chickadees and Titmice (Paridae)84 Carolina Chickadee Chickadees and Titmice (Paridae)86 Tufted Titmouse Nuthatches (Sittidae) 88 White-breasted Nuthatch Wrens (Troglodytidae) 90 Carolina Wren Wrens (Troglodytidae) 92 House Wren Wrens (Troglodytidae) 94 Winter Wren Wrens (Troglodytidae) 96 Marsh Wren Thrushes (Turdidae) 98 American Robin Thrushes (Turdidae) 100 Eastern Bluebird Thrushes (Turdidae) 102 Hermit Thrush Thrushes (Turdidae) 104 Wood Thrush Thrushes (Turdidae) 106 Veery Mockingbirds and Thrashers (Mimidae) 108 Gray Catbird Mockingbirds and Thrashers (Mimidae)110 Northern Mockingbird Mockingbirds and Thrashers (Mimidae)112 Brown Thrasher Starlings (Sturnidae) 114 European Starling Waxwings (Bombycillidae) 116 Cedar Waxwing Wood-Warblers (Parulidae) 118 Blue-winged Warbler Wood-Warblers (Parulidae) 120 Northern Parula Wood-Warblers (Parulidae) 122 Yellow Warbler Wood-Warblers (Parulidae) 124 Chestnut-sided Warbler Wood-Warblers (Parulidae) 126 Black-throated Green Warbler Wood-Warblers (Parulidae) 128 Prairie Warbler Wood-Warblers (Parulidae) 130 Black-and-white Warbler Wood-Warblers (Parulidae) 132 American Redstart Wood-Warblers (Parulidae) 134 Ovenbird Wood-Warblers (Parulidae) 136 Common Yellowthroat Tanagers (Thraupidae) 138 Scarlet Tanager Sparrows (Emberizidae) 140 Eastern Towhee Sparrows (Emberizidae) 142 Chipping Sparrow Sparrows (Emberizidae) 144 Field Sparrow Sparrows (Emberizidae) 146 Savannah Sparrow Sparrows (Emberizidae) 148 Song Sparrow Sparrows (Emberizidae) 150 White-throated Sparrow Sparrows (Emberizidae) 152 Dark-eyed Junco Cardinals, Grosbeaks, and Buntings (Cardinalidae) 154 Northern Cardinal Cardinals, Grosbeaks, and Buntings (Cardinalidae)156 Rose-breasted Grosbeak Cardinals, Grosbeaks, and Buntings (Cardinalidae)158 Indigo Bunting Blackbirds (Icteridae) 160 Bobolink Blackbirds (Icteridae) 162 Red-winged Blackbird Blackbirds (Icteridae) 164 Eastern Meadowlark Blackbirds (Icteridae) 166 Common Grackle Blackbirds (Icteridae) 168 Brown-headed Cowbird Blackbirds (Icteridae) 170 Baltimore Oriole Finches (Fringillidae) 172 House Finch Finches (Fringillidae) 174 American Goldfinch Old World Sparrows (Passeridae) 176 House Sparrow More Fun with Birdsong 178 Additional Listening and Reading Sources 180 References 181 Illustration Credits 182 Recording Credits 182 About the Cornell Lab of Ornithology 183 About the Artists 184 About the Author 185 Index 186 Acknowledgments 192