A bird's songs and calls reveal not only its presence, but also, in many cases, its identity. "Voice," National Geographic Field Guide to Birds of North America, 2011
Apart from other considerations, we are happiest with creatures with which we can establish some sort of communication either by vocal or gestural language... We may assume that in the distant past men and even perhaps proto-men were able to detect niceties in the utterances of birds. "Song," The Life and Lore of the Bird, Edward A. Armstrong, 1975
You make me smile
And it's you
Oh sweetie you have such cute toes...My dick is hard
...the displaying male starts his performance vocally, and he chortles and bubbles and sings from his extensive repertoire throughout the action. After a few moments of singing he unlimbers his tail, slowly expands it, and raises it up and forward over his back until its shimmering silvery cascade covers him completely, the lacy feather tips touching the ground in front of his lowered head. This is the climax of the display. He ends it suddenly with a few high-pitched notes, folds his tail to its normal position, and stalks away. "Lyrebirds," Birds of the World, Oliver L. Austin, Jr., 1961
I'm glad I met you Chelsea,
WHAT ELSE? DID I MENTION I MISS YOU, BEAUTIFUL? BUT YOU KNEW THAT ALREADY.
Song includes sqeaks, warbles, chirps and twittering; also imitates songs of other species. Otherwise, often silent though gives various harsh calls in interactions with others and has a soft, breezy flight call. "European Starling," National Geographic Field Guide to Birds of North America, 2011
Catchpole (1983) had previously shown that unmated male great reed warblers sing longer and more complicated songs when advertising for females, and shorter, simpler songs when paired. "Sexual Selection and Female Choice," Bird Song: Biological Themes and Variations, Clive K. Catchpole, Peter J. B. Slater, 1995
there are no words to describe how i missed thee
While no vocal match for the Mockingbird, the Catbird has a pleasant song and ventures some imitations, which are not as loud, accurate, or varied as the mocker's, though recognizable for what they are meant to be. Also, the Catbird never repeats its phrases. "Mockingbirds, Catbids, and Thrashers," Birds of the World, Oliver L. Austin, Jr., 1961
Youre the woman in my life again
All of the birds in the above photographs, with the exception of the first two, were processed following procedures maintained by and for a university vertebrate collection. The first two were found on the side of the road and were left there.