Collins Bird Songs and Calls

Collins Bird Songs and Calls

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By (author) Geoff Sample

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  • Publisher: Collins
  • Format: Paperback | 232 pages
  • Dimensions: 163mm x 201mm x 41mm | 726g
  • Publication date: 27 May 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0007339763
  • ISBN 13: 9780007339761
  • Illustrations note: (4 colour throughout), With index
  • Sales rank: 174,479

Product description

A unique beginner's guide to bird song with 3 CDs of crystal-clear digital recordings and a comprehensive guide to identifying more complex songs and calls. The new Collins Bird Songs and Calls includes re-recorded versions of the original habitat CDs - ensuring that they are even clearer, but just as atmospheric - introducing the user to the major bird habitats of Britain and the birds that live in them. This new edition also features a third CD containing a unique guide to identifying more complex songs and calls, with tips on what aspects of the song or call are the distinguishing characteristics. Beginning with simple, similar-sounding songs, it gradually moves through more difficult distinctions and on to a comprehensive section on passerine calls. Species that often occur in the same habitat are treated together. An accompanying full-colour guide explores the historical background to how recordings of bird songs and calls have developed and been appreciated over the years along with species accounts of the behaviour of all of our common birds. Collins Bird Songs and Calls will help you to quickly appreciate the wonderful range of bird voices and discover just what bird song is all about. A walk in the park will never be the same again.

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Author information

Geoff Sample was born in rural Northumberland and has been interested in nature since his childhood. He worked in the London music industry for 15 years, but during this time he never lost his fascination with birds and wildlife. Fifteen years ago he began studying and recording birdsong. He is the author of Collins Field Guide Bird Songs and Calls, Bird Call Identification and Garden Bird Songs and Calls.

Review quote

'Technically, the recordings are superb and the whole package is very professionally presented and produced. Highly recommended, and not just for beginners.' Birdwatch Praise for previous recordings by Geoff Sample: 'Remarkably vivid ... sheer pleasure' BBC Natural History Programme 'The quality is as much rich sound tapestries as superb examples of a variety of British bird song' British Wildlife 'A varied and excellent selection' RSPB Birds 'Evocative. The quality of the recordings is excellent' British Birds BBC Wildlife has called Garden Bird Songs and Calls "The best beginners' guide" to learn birdsong in their February issue.