Once upon a time, birds lived in trees and flew around socializing and taking care of business. Then came MAN with huge microphones and bug spray to camp out and wait...wait for evening to fall and the magic to begin. One could look at these nature documentarians as the most rarified subset of information seeking academics, or conversely the foot soldiers of the avant garde. Bird calls have inspired musicians from the time of the Enlightenment through Olivier Messiaen. Paul Panhuysen managed to marshall a band made up of canaries and set to work creating melody though their vocal chords.
But today we gather to praise the covers of these aural oddities, to let the feathers do the talking, so to speak. I've got a polite obsession with old albums of bird sounds from around the globe, and here are a few.