Program Information — Series 1 & 2
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Introduction to California Bird Talk

We're surrounded by the songs and calls of birds. Learning how to listen to these sounds is the goal of California Bird Talk.

The bird songs used in this introduction were recorded by Chris Tenney or me or can be found on the CD collection Bird Songs of California produced by the Cornell Ornithology Lab.

I slowed the cowbird's song down by 4 times using Bias Peak.

Series 1
Vocal Range
Importance of Song
Avoiding Monotony
Learning Song
Hip Hop Mimicry
Hummingbird Complexity
Syrinx Anatomy
Internal Duets (Cardinal)
Internal Duets (Cowbird)
Internal Duets (Thrushes)
Syrinx & Pan Pipes

Series 2
Songs & Calls
Call Repertoires
Alarm Calls
Mobbing Calls
Call Notes
Cross-Species Alarms
Lungs & Air Sacs
Circular Breathing