This great quote on birdsongs is from the book by Florence Williams,
The Nature Fix:
Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative.
This book is really one of the best I’ve read in quite a while – especially on the human need for nature topic. I can’t recommend it enough to you obviously since I put it in last week’s book list too!
In chapter 4, Birdbrain, the author speaks on noise; including the excess of noise, the importance of certain natural sounds, and the science behind salubrious listening. I had to look up salubrious – which is an adjective that means health giving, pleasant, not run down. Sounds good to me!
In the book, salubrious is applied to the realm of listening and birdsong. The author states that birdsong, wind, and water are the “trifecta of salubrious listening.” (p98)
Hearing these nature sounds relaxes us, helps us concentrate, and makes us happy. ( I do my best non fiction reading comprehension while reading on the beach – and now I understand the science behind why that’s no accident!)
Here’s some info why birdsong is great to hear:
Our brains are very similar to bird’s brains when it comes to hearing, processing and making language. Humans have more genes the same as birds when it comes to language than we do to other primates! Even though it’s been 300 million years since we split from the bird evolutionary path, we still share the same coevolved language centers! Fascinating! (p99)
Birdsong is also a “stochastic” sound, which means it’s random and doesn’t repeat in the way a rhythm of a song would. Because of that, human brains interpret birdsong as a kind of background soundtrack of relaxation and inspiration rather than something to which we need to give direct focus. (p98)
Scientists have discovered that the human brain associates the sounds of birds with alertness and safety and when we don’t hear bird we associate it with the idea that things aren’t quite right. (p98)
So since birdsong sends us a trigger to relax, take this info as an excuse to get outside to listen to the birds – it’s good for your health, brain, and creativity!
What are your favorite birds?
(macaw, roseate spoonbills, and cardinals are 3 of mine)
Do you love its song or its plumage best? Let us know in the comments below!
(Macaw & roseate spoonbill- plumage, cardinal – song, but there is something endearing about the squawking of the other 2 birds, as well as the bright red feathers of the cardinal – it’s so hard to choose!)
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