Minnesota Birdsong: An interactive poster
Cute interface with birdsong content provided by the always amazing Corn
ell Lab of Ornithology.
The universal grammar of birdsong is genetically encoded.
"A new study
, published online
in the journal Nature
, shows that the songs of isolated zebra finches
evolve over multiple generations
to resemble those of birds in natural colonies. These findings show that song learning in birds is not purely the product of nurture, but has a strong genetic basis, and suggest that bird song has a universal grammar, or an intrinsic structure which is present at birth."
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology offers free sound analysis software that allows you to simultaneously listen to and watch spectograms
of animal communication, such as the uncanny mimicry of a lovesick Satin Bowerbird
or the chilling call of the Common Loon
. If birds aren't your bag, there's lots of other animal sounds
(and stunning video) to explore.
Songs of Brazilian Birds
A fantastically diverse collection of .au files, including the beautifully evocative Organ Wren
or Uirapuru, the mooing of the Capuchinbird
, the sci-fi minimalism of the Short-tailed Antthrush
and a duet of Laughing Falcons
(they'll make you laugh at the end).