The Songs of Wild Birds Author:Lang Elliott The Songs of Wild Birds is a unique introduction to the voices of more than fifty native birds. Along with beautiful songbirds, the book features owls, rails, bitterns, snipe, and a host of lesser-known birds that make strange, curious, or bizarre sounds. The informative text and outstanding photographs are accompanied by memory phrases and sona... more »grams that provide phonetic and visual representations of songs. In fifty essays, Lang Elliott shares his favorite stories about these birds, with emphasis on the unusual aspects of their singing or calling behavior. The accompanying sixty-five-minute audio compact disc presents samples of all the songs and calls discussed, along with narrated introductions by the author.« less
This is not the typical type of book I read. However, I teach a curriculum theme for infants called "Feathers" and was interested mostly in the CD that accompanies this book. There are some absolutely beautiful photographs to share with children (and adults) as well. The CD is interesting and has many birds on it that I do not hear natively. However, I didn't realize that Mr. Elliott talks before each birdsong making it difficult to just turn on the birds to listen to them. I would say if you are interested in ornithology this is a beautiful book to own.