Bird Songs
Drawing from the collection of the world-renowned Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Bird Songs presents the most notable North American birdsincluding the rediscovered Ivory-billed Woodpeckerin a stunning new format. Renowned bird biologist Les Beletsky provides a succinct description of each of the 250 birds profiled, with an emphasis on their distinctive songs. Lavish full-color illustrations accompany each account, while a sleek, built-in digital audio player holds 250 corresponding songs and calls. In his foreword, North American bird expert and distinguished natural historian Jon L. Dunn shares insights gained from a lifetime of passionate study. Complete with the most up-to-date and scientifically accurate information, Bird Songs is the first book to capture the enchantment of these beautiful birds in words, pictures, and song. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, located in Ithaca, New York, is a nonprofit institution focused on birds and whose mission is to interpret and conserve the earth's biological diversity through research. The Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab is the major source of sound recordings of birds for research, education, conservation, the media, and commercial products.Listen here
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  • Two Readers in Love
    Feb 2, 2016

    Two Readers in Love

    A bird keeps singing outside of your window. Who is s/he? I love the written word, but it just doesn’t do justice to birdsong (or foreign language pronunciation for that matter, but that is a story for another day.) The clever audio attachment to this book gives voice to the birds...

  • Audrey Grant
    May 6, 2015

    Audrey Grant

    A few years ago a dear friend who knew our daughter adored (still does!) books and nature gave her the biggest, most beautiful bird book with a glossy photo page per bird! But... It also has a computer chip that also when you push the button gives the sound of the bird! I think EVERY h...

  • Anna Nesterovich
    Mar 10, 2014

    Anna Nesterovich

    It's a great and very useful book. It would be even better were it have a number keyword rather than just navigation keys. It's tiring to skip over a hundred birds to the one you want. ...

  • David
    Nov 30, 2013


    Sure, it's better to have a phone app that does this, but it's fun in book form. ...

  • Brent Ranalli
    Aug 25, 2013

    Brent Ranalli

    Good concept, and the audio component is excellent. But the book itself is deeply flawed. There are precious few hints for a reader who is actually interested in learning bird songs and identifying birds. There are no maps indicating ranges, for example. The table of contents, astonish...

  • Lamski Kikita
    Feb 21, 2013

    Lamski Kikita

    in today's world of birding apps, I may be a little biased in my opinion. I enjoyed the drawings, though some were not too accurate (I'm comparing to Peterson, which isn't exactly fair, but I'm a huge osprey fan, and that drawing does NOT look like an osprey!) and the little info about...

  • Lisa Rooksby
    Jan 29, 2011

    Lisa Rooksby

    This is one of the coolest books I have ever owned! ...

  • Mrs
    Sep 24, 2010


    Neat book. Not in order like other bird guide books making it hard to locate specific birds without using the index. Too large/heavy to carry in the field, coffee table book. Smaller children really love it however. ...

  • bookyeti
    Sep 24, 2009


    A beautiful book, and a treasure to own and use. I take it along with me whenever we go on our camping trips to identify and 'attract' the many birds in the National Park we visit. The descriptions about each bird and the lovely full-color drawings are a wonderful complement to the sou...

  • Amanda
    Sep 16, 2009


    This is so helpful for those of us who don't necessarily luuuuv birds but want to have an idea of what we're listening to. Easy-to-use device plays back the bird calls and colorful plates describe and explain the breed. Is breed the right word? I don't know and don't really care, but I...