Why Birdsong Is Sometimes Like Music

  title={Why Birdsong Is Sometimes Like Music},
  author={L. F. Baptista and Luis Felipe Robin A Keister},
  journal={Perspectives in Biology and Medicine},
  pages={426 - 443}
The sounds and songs of birds have inspired the musical compositions of numerous cultures throughout the globe. This article examines a variety of compositions from Western music that feature birdsong and explores the concept of birds as both vocalists and instrumentalists. The concept of birds as composers is then developed—how they use rhythmic variations, pitch relationships, and combinations of notes similar to those found in music—and the theory that birds create variation in their songs… Expand
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