George the Sparrow

Ian Cruickshank of Victoria, BC sent me a remarkable recording of a very confused Song Sparrow, which seems to be incorporating the complete song of a Northern Waterthrush into its own singing. [Read more]

Humming Their Own Tune

The learning of complex songs isn’t restricted to the so-called “songbirds.” In fact, some of the best examples of learned, complex songs come from a source that may surprise you: the hummingbirds. [Read more]

Song of Smudgy

In 2007, an odd-looking flycatcher set up a territory above a diversion dam along the Big Thompson River in Loveland, Colorado. “Smudgy,” as some of us called the hybrid Black x Eastern Phoebe, displayed song behavior even stranger than one might expect from a hybrid. [Read more]