Is birdsong music?


  • Marcelo Araya-Salas

    1. Costa Rican biologist currently enrolled in the PhD programme in the Biology Department at New Mexico State University. He has extensive experience in bird research in both tropical and temperate zones. Marcelo is also one of the co-founders of the Bioacoustics Laboratory at the University of Costa Rica. Currently he is investigating the cultural evolution of the song in hermit lekking hummingbirds in the Central American tropical rainforest.
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The nightingale, the lark ascending; the cuckoo, the dawn chorus; since ancient times man has found beauty in birdsong. It appeals to our senses. It inspires composers. But is it music? Marcelo Araya-Salas listens to the nightingale wren and tries to find out if it is singing in tune.