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Bird Talk

An Exploration of Avian Communication

Barbara Ballentine Jeremy Hyman



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CSIRO Publishing
01 May 2021
Bird Talk delves into new scientific developments to reveal the complexities of how birds make, learn, and use sound in a bewildering array of songs and calls. The beauty of birdsong is one of the joys of nature, and this book reveals how songs are learned and performed, why the quality of a male's repertoire can affect his mating success, and how birds use song-matching and countersinging in territorial disputes.

Bird Talk illustrates how birds communicate through visual signals too, from the dazzling feathers of a Peacock to the jumping displays that a Jackson's Widowbird performs to show off his long tail. Plumage features such as the red bill shield of a Pukeko can indicate dominance, and aggressive wing-waving is used to ward off impostors.

Bird Talk will help you understand how birds communicate in a range of situations, whether in harmony or in conflict, providing essential new insight into avian intelligence.
By:   Barbara Ballentine, Jeremy Hyman
Imprint:   CSIRO Publishing
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 254mm,  Width: 203mm,  Spine: 20mm
Weight:   800g
ISBN:   9781486315307
ISBN 10:   1486315305
Pages:   192
Publication Date:   01 May 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Barbara Ballentine is Associate Professor in the Department of Biology at Western Carolina University. She has published articles on song production and mate choice. Jeremy Hyman is Professor in the Department of Biology at Western Carolina University, where he teaches ornithology and animal behaviour. He has published numerous articles on bird behaviour and is the author of the children's book Bird Brains.

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