Bird Songs Bible: A book that sings to you

By Hugh Powell
November 16, 2010
The Bird Songs Bible Chronicle Books features hundreds of recordings from the Cornell Lab The Bird Songs Bible features hundreds of recordings from the Cornell Lab. Image: Chronicle Books.
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The holiday season doesn’t start officially for another nine days or so, but there’s a new book on the horizon that might earn a place on your advance list. It’s the Bird Songs Bible, a hefty tome from Chronicle Books that also features hundreds of recordings from the Cornell Lab—built right in.

The book covers nearly 750 of North America’s breeding birds, offering fine illustrations, range maps, and habitat and behavior information. That’s a lot of material—so much in fact that the book comes with its own carrying handle.

Thanks to the built-in digital audio player, the included songs and calls for each of those 747 species add virtually no weight at all. Just type in the number of the species you’re looking at and you’ll hear the bird’s honks, clucks, rattles, whistles, warbles, and chatters, each drawn from our archives in the Macaulay Library. The book, edited by Les Beletsky, retails for $125.

Chronicle Books has even put together a jaunty demo video so you can see inside the book and hear a few of the recordings. Watch it after the jump.



  • prairiebirder

    I have a Bird Songs book, It is so great I use it all the time, I recommended to anyone.

  • brendan mcgarry

    It’s very cool but it’s VERY big! Great for a big coffee table or to plop your kids down in front of.

  • prairiebirder

    Oops, I got so excited I didn’t pay attention to my typing! I meant to say, I recommend it to *everyone*, and it makes a great present for friends who love birds, too.

    • Hugh

      thanks for the recommendation!