Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Bird dialects

While I was in Atlanta, I read a New York Times story about birding apps for iPhones and the like. (Until I get another job, I can't afford an iPhone but I'm lusting after one.) The article says that developing an app that identifies birdsong is problematic because birds have regional "dialects."

That was a coincidence because I'd been listening to the breeding song of the cardinals in Atlanta and it was noticeably different from those in Miami, 700 miles to the south. The song in Miami has a higher pitch and is faster.

Has anyone else noticed the same thing with cardinals or other birds?

8 comments:

Floridagirl said...

That is very interesting. I know my local cardinal song well, so I'll keep an ear out next time I'm in another region of the country. Oh, I do have a bird app, and it's quite handy.

Penny McCrea said...

FG: I'm envious! :)

Penny McCrea said...

Actually, which one do you use? My husband and daughter both have iPhones and maybe I can persuade them to download it.

NanaK said...

Miami is a faster paced environment than Atlanta, I guess. Very interesting apps available these days. I may have to 'tech-up' at some point but it may be a long while yet:)

Penny McCrea said...

Hey, Nana. I stay away from the fast paced parts of Miami. Give me tranquility any day!

Floridagirl said...

Sorry, Penny, I just popped back over here and realized you had asked me a question. I have iBird Explorer Plus on mine. It has lots of photos, which I like.

James Missier said...

Birds seemed to be rare in my region, to hear them in one place and to compare them in another is really a feat.

Penny McCrea said...

Hi, James, well this is one big country and since everyone moves around a lot, it's relatively easy to get from one region to another. :)