Song of the Earth with David Attenborough
Additional Web and Print Resources

Web Sites

The Life of Birds: Bird Songs
http://www.pbs.org/lifeofbirds/songs/index.html

Detailed information about bird song, featuring audio clips, from the Sir David Attenborough PBS program THE LIFE OF BIRDS.

Humpback Whales
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/humpback/
NATURE’s “Humpback Whales” features a section devoted to deciphering the meaning of whale song.

Dolphins: Close Encounters
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/dolphins/

NATURE site that features a section on how dolphins communicate via squeaks and trills.
Carnegie Hall Listening Adventures
http://www.thirteen.org/listeningadventures/carnegiebridge.html

Thirteen Online’s education tool teaches kids about classical music in partnership with New York’s Carnegie Hall.

Music Without Borders
http://www.sciencenews.org/20000415/bob11.asp
Intriguing article about animal singing, from Science News Online.

Why Do Birds Sing?
http://www.teorekol.lu.se/ekol_inst/mol_ekol/grw_homepage.htm
Article that examines the singing abilities of Sweden’s Great Reed warbler.

Siamang
http://www.zoo.org/educate/fact_sheets/siamang/siamang.htm
Basic information on the Siamang Gibbon, the arboreal ape featured in “Song of the Earth.”

Whale Songs
http://www.abc.net.au/oceans/whale/song.htm
More information on the song of the humpback, from Oceans Alive.

Listen to Whale Songs
http://www.oceanmammalinst.org/songs.htm
Listen to whale songs on this site maintained by the Ocean Mammal Institute.

Sounding out the science of whale song
http://www.nature.com/nsu/991111/991111-1.html
Article that looks at the biological basis of humpback song.

Whales pick up new songs
http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/sci/tech/newsid_1047000/1047104.stm
BBC Online story on the discovery that whales can learn new tunes.

Books and Audio Cassettes

Attenborough, David. THE LIFE OF BIRDS. Princeton University Press, 1998.

Attenborough, David. SINGING WHALES, KILLER WHALES, AND DOLPHINS (audio cassette). Jeffrey Norton Publishers, 1991.

Attenborough, David. BIRDS: REPERTOIRE, DUET, AND MIME (audio cassette). Jeffrey Norton Publishers, 1990.

Broughton, Simon and Mark Ellingham (editors). THE ROUGH GUIDE TO WORLD MUSIC. Rough Guides, 2000.

Clapham, Phil. HUMPBACK WHALES. Voyageur Press, 1996.

Diagram Group (editor). MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS OF THE WORLD. Sterling Publications, 1997.

Hayward, Philip (editor). SOUND ALLIANCES: INDIGENOUS PEOPLES, CULTURAL POLITICS AND POPULAR MUSIC IN THE PACIFIC. Cassell Academic, 1998.

Payne, Katy. SILENT THUNDER: IN THE PRESENCE OF ELEPHANTS. Penguin USA, 1999.

Slater, P.J.B. and C.K. Catchpole. BIRD SONG: BIOLOGICAL THEMES AND VARIATIONS. Cambridge University Press, 1995.

Wallin, Nils L, Bjorn Merker, and Steven Brown (editors). THE ORIGINS OF MUSIC. MIT Press, 1999.

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