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CONTENTS Foreword by Philip Kitcher ix 1. An Outback Epiphany 1 2. Songbird Studies 19 3. The Nature of Transcription and the Transcription of Nature 53 4. Notes and Calls: A Taste for Diversity 84 5. Song Development: A Taste for Complexity 112 6. Musicality and the Art of Song: A Taste for Beauty 147 7. Border Conflicts at Music’s Definition 180 8. Facts to Suit Theories 209 9. Too Many Theories and Not Enough Birdsong 235 10. Songbirds as Colleagues and Contemporaries 257 Acknowledgments 283 Notation and Supplement Conventions 289 List of Audio Tracks 291 List of Abbreviations 295 Glossary 297 Bibliography 305 Index 333 ...


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  • Birdsongs -- Australia.
  • Butcherbirds -- Behavior -- Australia.
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