22 October 2014

Operatic complex aria

The Pacific wren is a tiny, dark brown bird with a very short tail, narrow pale eyebrow and heavily banded flanks and belly.

Quiet here © Dan

In full song this time © Roger

The Pacific wren's song is a high-pitched, varied and rapid series of musical trills and chatters. When recorded and played back at a lower speed, it reveals a remarkable blend of halftones and overtones all sung at the same time.

Visit Audubon magazine: Pacific wren's song slowed down and listen carefully and enjoy the lilliputian bird's melodic elaborate ballad.