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BIrd SOng And Bird Whistle.

Postby 2810712 » Sat Nov 10, 2007 3:12 am

Does anyone know if there is any difference between bird songs & bird whistles? Or what is the precise definition of these two words..?
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Postby wbla3335 » Sat Nov 10, 2007 7:24 am

I'd be surprised if there were any biologically accepted definitions for these terms. Does a crow sing or whistle? I have a number of biology/zoology dictionaries, and none venture there.
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Postby AstusAleator » Sat Nov 10, 2007 7:32 pm

This is probably a question more suited to the zoology forum
What did the parasitic Candiru fish say when it finally found a host? - - "Urethra!!"
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Postby 2810712 » Sun Nov 11, 2007 4:00 am

thanks for replying,
I there are certain distinctions made in meaning of these terms for use limited to certain articles as people define bird sounds based on complexity, Length, stimulus/inspiration[ e.g. sexual stimulus, predator etc.];..

PS: Sorry for posting it here rather than in Zoology forum, I posted it here because I encountered these terms in context of a topic in evolution.
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Birds songs and whistles

Postby ottomonge » Sat Dec 08, 2007 11:35 pm

I think there is no such difference. Birds use different tonalities to communicate among species based on different stimuli (predators, courtship, resources, etc.). What I think is that what we call whistles are simple signals to alert of one's presence in a specific area, or to point out the location of certain resource. Songs are more complex and they can be used to attract a partner or maybe to signal certain events, for example the coming of spring. Anyway that's just my opinion. Thank you!
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