16- And Solomon was David’s heir. He said: “O my people!
We have been taught the speech of birds…”
27-The Ant, 16
In the above verse, it is said that the Prophet Solomon was taught the
speech of birds in addition to the endowments that God’s grace had
adorned him with. The Quran refers to the communication between
birds and to the fact that the twittering and singing of birds has particular meanings. Birds, like human beings, do communicate. This
undeniable communication is certainly not as developed as it is in
Research conducted by zoologists has established that sounds
emitted by animals are meaningful and not haphazard. Birds, ants,
dolphins, etc., have systems of communication.
MEANINGS IN SOUNDS EMITTED BY BIRDS
As the Quran speaks of the language of birds, let us take a look at
research conducted on birds. Brazilian and American ornithologists
have studied the hummingbird (one of the tiniest birds in the world)
and published their findings in the British journal Nature. The author
of the article, Maria Luisa Da Silva, says that the vocabulary of the
hummingbird is not innate but develops afterward. In other words,
the hummingbird learns to speak as human beings do.
Studies on crows have demonstrated that they emit a variety of
sounds, namely, to call the colony of crows to come together, to express alarm, and to communicate a state of distress. Ornithologists,
who have recorded these sounds using a sonograph, are still engaged
in deciphering the meanings behind them. Bernd Heinrich, among
these scientists who speak of the difficulty in decoding the sonograms,
associates this research work with the work of the inhabitants of other
planets visiting our earth and trying to decipher eating, playing, making love and activities like catching fish using a sonograph. What we
are trying to do is to imagine ourselves in their place. Bernd Heinrich
speaks of the difficulty encountered in deciphering the language of
animals in general, as different species have different ways of communication, each calling for a different approach.
There is a body language, expressed by the changes in your body
position and movements, that show what you are feeling or thinking.
Nodding means “yes,” hailing is a sign of calling to someone in order
to greet him or try to attract his attention. Although the sounds emitted by birds are a means of communication, they also have, in general, a body language. Their body language is easier to decipher. For
instance, a bird that emits a sound by touching its beak with his
tongue means “I am a friend, I have no intention to harm you.”
Theresa Jordan gives a whole list of signs, demonstrating thereby that
even the body language necessitates a glossary.
The physiology of birds is as interesting as their language, the long
distances they cover without swerving from their destination are
something to marvel at. Ornithologists studying birds will see God’s
perfect artistry revealed in these creatures too.
38- All the creatures on earth, and all the birds that fly with
wings are communities like you. We did not leave anything
out of this Book. Then they will all be gathered before their
6-The Cattle, 38