The incredible variety of bird song in a morning chorus on a spring or summer day is a phenomenon that a lot of birders are familiar with. But even after centuries of study there is still a lot we don’t know about bird vocalizations, especially the world of female birdsong. The vocalizations of female birds are frequently as complex and important to the lives of birds as the songs we associate with male birds, and it’s only relatively recently that we’ve begin to really look into that. Dr. Lauryn Benedict, from the University of Northern Colorado, has been on the cutting edge of this science and she joins me to talk about bird vocalizations and other aspects of female bird biology.

Also, Kirtland’s Warbler is off the Endangered Species List and what is birding like after LASIK surgery.

Donna’s Top 5

1) National Geographic Field Guide to Birds of North America, 7th Edition – Jon Dunn & John Alderfer

2) Peterson Field Guide to Bird Sounds of Eastern North America – Nathan Pieplow

3) Crossley ID Guide: Waterfowl – Richard Crossley

4) The Evolution of Beauty – Richard Prum

5) Good Birders Still Don’t Wear White – Various, edited by Jeffrey Gordon & Lisa White

Nate’s Top 5

1) Peterson Field Guide to Bird Sounds of Eastern North America – Nathan Pieplow

2) National Geographic Field Guide to Birds of North America, 7th Edition – Jon Dunn & John Alderfer

3) The Australian Bird Guide – Peter Menkhorst et al.

4) The New Neotropical Companion – John Kricher

5) Birding Without Borders – Noah Strycker

The American Birding Podcast brings together staff and friends of the American Birding Association as we talk about birds, birding, travel and conservation in North America and beyond.

Join host Nate Swick every other Thursday for news and happenings, recent rarities, guests from around the birding world, and features of interest to every birder.