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 California Quail Grebes (Podicipedidae) Western and Clark's Grebes Hawks and Eagles (Accipitridae) 34 Red-tailed Hawk Rails, Gallinules, and Coots (Rallidae) 36 American Coot Cranes (Gruidae) 38 Sandhill Crane Plovers (Charadriidae) 40 Killdeer Sandpipers and Phalaropes (Scolopacidae) 42 Wilson’s Snipe Pigeons and Doves (Columbidae) 44 Mourning Dove Owls (Strigidae) 46 Great Horned Owl Goatsuckers (Caprimulgidae) 48 Common Nighthawk Hummingbirds (Trochilidae) 50 Anna’s Hummingbird 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 Western Wood-Pewee 62 Black Phoebe Tyrant Flycatchers (Tyrannidae) 64 Western Kingbird Vireos (Vireonidae) 66 Hutton’s Vireo Jays and Crows (Corvidae) 68 Steller’s Jay Jays and Crows (Corvidae) 70 Western Scrub-Jay Jays and Crows (Corvidae) 72 American Crow Jays and Crows (Corvidae) 74 Common Raven Larks (Alaudidae) 76 Horned Lark Swallows (Hirundinidae) 78 Violet-green Swallow Chickadees and Titmice (Paridae) 80 Mountain Chickadee Chickadees and Titmice (Paridae)82 Chestnut-backed Chickadee Chickadees and Titmice (Paridae)84 Oak and Juniper Titmice Nuthatches (Sittidae) 86 White-breasted Nuthatch Wrens (Troglodytidae) 88 Bewick’s Wren Wrens (Troglodytidae) 90 House Wren Wrens (Troglodytidae) 92 Winter Wren Wrens (Troglodytidae) 94 Marsh Wren Kinglets (Regulidae) 96 Ruby-crowned Kinglet Thrushes (Turdidae) 98 American Robin Thrushes (Turdidae) 100 Western Bluebird Thrushes (Turdidae) 102 Swainson’s Thrush Thrushes (Turdidae) 104 Hermit Thrush Babblers (Timaliidae) 106 Wrentit Mockingbirds and Thrashers (Mimidae) 108 Northern Mockingbird Mockingbirds and Thrashers (Mimidae) 110 California Thrasher Starlings (Sturnidae) 112 European Starling Waxwings (Bombycillidae) 114 Cedar Waxwing Wood-Warblers (Parulidae) 116 Orange-crowned Warbler Wood-Warblers (Parulidae) 118 Yellow Warbler Wood-Warblers (Parulidae) 120 MacGillivray’s Warbler Wood-Warblers (Parulidae) 122 Common Yellowthroat Wood-Warblers (Parulidae) 124 Wilson’s Warbler Wood-Warblers (Parulidae) 126 Yellow-breasted Chat Tanagers (Thraupidae) 128 Western Tanager Sparrows (Emberizidae) 130 Spotted Towhee Sparrows (Emberizidae) 132 California Towhee Sparrows (Emberizidae) 134 Chipping Sparrow Sparrows (Emberizidae) 136 Brewer’s Sparrow Sparrows (Emberizidae) 138 Lark Sparrow Sparrows (Emberizidae) 140 Lark Bunting Sparrows (Emberizidae) 142 Savannah Sparrow Sparrows (Emberizidae) 144 Fox Sparrow Sparrows (Emberizidae) 146 Song Sparrow Sparrows (Emberizidae) 148 White-crowned Sparrow Sparrows (Emberizidae) 150 Golden-crowned Sparrow Sparrows (Emberizidae) 152 Dark-eyed Junco Cardinals, Grosbeaks, and Buntings (Cardinalidae) 154 Black-headed Grosbeak Cardinals, Grosbeaks, and Buntings (Cardinalidae) 156 Lazuli Bunting Blackbirds (Icteridae) 158 Red-winged Blackbird Blackbirds (Icteridae) 160 Western Meadowlark Blackbirds (Icteridae) 162 Yellow-headed Blackbird Blackbirds (Icteridae) 164 Great-tailed Grackle Blackbirds (Icteridae) 166 Brown-headed Cowbird Blackbirds (Icteridae) 168 Bullock’s Oriole Finches (Fringillidae) 170 House Finch Finches (Fringillidae) 172 American Goldfinch Finches (Fringillidae) 174 Lesser Goldfinch
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