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.