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James Parry

James Parry is an ornithologist, tour leader, and the author of The Desert, Global Safari, Rainforest Safari, and Living Landscapes: Heathland. He lives near Swaffham in Norfolk, U.K.

Titles by This Author

Birdsong may seem to us to be the purest expression of joy, but in fact when a male bird bursts into melodious song, he is warning off other males and advertising his availability to females. He may also engage in spectacular displays of plumage, dance-like movements, or even acrobatics (tree-based or aerial)—all as part of courtship. The female, meanwhile, assesses his vocalization, plumage, and territory before accepting him as a mate.