Program Information — Series 1 & 2
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Avoiding Monotony

Brewer's sparrow has a typical repertoire of a dozen or so songs, while Hutton's vireo is perhaps the most boring bird in California. The song of the marsh wren illustrates variety in typical songbird song.

Chris Tenney recorded the Hutton's vireo and the Northern mockingbird in Salinas, and the marsh wren in Sierraville. The Brewer's sparrow's song can be found on the CD Bird Songs of California produced by the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology.

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