American Parakeets: Changing Tunes?

A couple of years ago I wrote about the importance of recording exotic birds in the places where they’ve been introduced, not just in their native ranges. In at least one species, some individuals sound different in their adopted country than do their ancestors back in the homeland. [Read more]

Florida, Part 1: Recording the Exotic

When I was offered the chance to go to Florida to get recordings of a number of target species, including exotics, I jumped at the chance. [Read more]

Rufous-collared Origins

On May 8th, 2011, Andrew Davis and Tim Davis found a Rufous-collared Sparrow, a Central and South American species, in Georgetown, Colorado. When I heard reports that the Georgetown sparrow was singing loudly and often, I immediately wondered whether it might be possible to use its song dialects to pinpoint its birthplace. [Read more]

Let’s Get Exotic

Like other exotic species, parrots are woefully underrepresented in commercial bird sound publications. However, whether their immigration status is legal or not, exotic birds are unquestionably here, and they are unquestionably making noise. And that presents us with a great opportunity. [Read more]