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Perching Birds & Songbirds
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Perching Birds & Songbirds

Songbirds are part of the biggest and most diverse group of birds, perching birds or passeriformes. They can be found on every continent except Antarctica.

Take a closer look at the behavior, predators and prey, functional adaptations, and species diversity of songbirds and perching birds.

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Meet Erich Jarvis

Meet Erich Jarvis

Erich Jarvis is the child of musicians, with a background in dance. He is also a renown neurobiologist, who has transformed our understanding of bird intelligence. Find out more about his life. More...

Profile
NOVA/PBS
Songbird Pictures

Songbird Pictures

Is it true that good things come in small packages? Well, these songbirds are nice to look at and listen to. More...

Images
National Geographic
You’re a What? Ornithologist

You’re a What? Ornithologist

If you love birds, you might want to consider a career as an ornithologist. What do these scientists do? How do they train and prepare? Find out from Amanda Rodewald. More...

Profile
U.S. Department of Labor
Amazing! Bird Sounds from the Lyrebird

Amazing! Bird Sounds from the Lyrebird

Lyrebirds create a concerto from other animals' songs and random (human) sounds. Watch as David Attenborough spies on one in the wilderness, which sings the sounds of a camera shutter and a chainsaw. More...

Video
BBC
Are We There Yet?

Are We There Yet?

When we travel we use GPS, maps, even compasses. Migratory birds (like songbirds) often travel 2,000 miles from their breeding grounds without that type of help! Investigate how they do it with this hands-on activity. More...

Activity
Science Buddies
Bird Brains

Bird Brains

See how studying birdsong is helping to shed light on human speech. Then explore the extra resources for this NOVA episode: an interview with an expert and other activities.
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Video
NOVA/PBS
Birdsong Secrets Revealed in 3D Model

Birdsong Secrets Revealed in 3D Model

How can the zebra finch make such rapid trills, even while flying? Researchers in Denmark have modeled its tiny vocal organ to find the answer. More...

Article
BBC
Name that (Bird) Tune!

Name that (Bird) Tune!

Can you match up the song to the bird singing it? Be sure to use the clues to help you. More...

Interactive
NOVA/PBS
Songbird Infidelity

Songbird Infidelity

The songbird, once thought to be a symbol of monogamy and fidelity, has been toppled from its perch. Oh, science, why do you always complicate the fairy tale? More...

Video
NOVA/PBS
Songbirds

Songbirds

Check out these finch, mockingbird, nightingale, and robin profiles. Then challenge yourself with the Songbird Quiz. More...

Interactive
Sheppard Software
Songbirds Use Grammar in Tweets

Songbirds Use Grammar in Tweets

Humans aren't the only animals with language rules. Scientists recently discovered that songbirds use grammar to process their tweets. Get the details. More...

Article
Discovery
World’s Weirdest: Bird Mimics Chainsaw, Car Alarm, and More

World’s Weirdest: Bird Mimics Chainsaw, Car Alarm, and More

The lyrebird can imitate more than 20 different bird species in a single song — but that's just the start. Car alarms, camera shutters, and chainsaws also become part of his "siren song." More...

Video
National Geographic
YardMap

YardMap

Join thousands of other "citizen scientists" by using Google images and the YardMap tools to map your yard and its features. Sharing data creates better understanding about bird habitats. More...

Activity
Cornell University

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