Off the Shelf - An Exploration of Avian Communication

By Barbara Ballentine and Jeremy Hyman

Have you ever wondered about the purpose of birdsong and the diversity of calls produced?

This book reveals how songs are learned and performed with themed chapters covering different types of visual and acoustic communication.

Scientific research into the complexities of how birds make, learn and use sound will help you to understand how birds communicate in a range of situations, whether in harmony or conflict, and provides new insight into avian intelligence.  

Topics covered include how birds communicate through visual displays and actions, how males use song to resolve territorial disputes and why the quality of a male’s repertoire can affect his mating success.

Barbara Ballentine Associate Professor in the Department of Biology, Western Carolina University, USA.

Jeremy Hyman; Professor in the Department of Biology, Western Carolina University, USA. He teaches ornithology and animal behavior.

192 pages, Hardback $44.99. CSIRO Publishing, 2021