The Songs of Wild Birds.
Birds communicate with other members of their species through a wide array of sounds made both by singing and by using their feathers and other body parts to flutter, tap, and scrape out their messages. In this combination book and compact disc, Elliott, a nature-sound expert, introduces readers to the songs and other sounds of 50 birds that are native to the United States. The book comprises short, detailed essays that describe Elliott's experiences in the field while collecting recordings from such birds as the great horned owl, mourning dove, green warbler, and, perhaps, the ivory-billed woodpecker. Each essay is accompanied by full-color images of the featured bird and graphical representations of its sounds. The 65-minute compact disc includes samples of each call and the author's narration. Houghton Mifflin, 2006, 128 p., color images, paperback, $19.95.