Juneau Nature

Natural & cultural history of Juneau & Southeast Alaska

Juneau Nature - Natural & cultural history of Juneau & Southeast Alaska

Songbirds

“Songbird” is a widely used but somewhat fuzzy category, corresponding loosely to passerine any species in the order Passeriformes. Perhaps more meaningful is the term “perching bird,” in reference to the arrangement of toes: 3 pointing forward and 1 back, making it easier to hang onto a branch. Largest of the North American Passeriformes (and actually not a bad songster either, once we’ve tuned our ears to the Northwestern symphony) is the creator: salmon-belcher, river-dribbler, cache-robber Raven.