Spring is just around the corner. I love spring and its many wonders. Green leaves on the trees, warmer weather and longer daylight hours. It’s fascinating to watch birds make nests and prepare for parenthood. Sometimes I even try to determine how many different birds I can identify either by their physical appearance, or by their calls and songs.
Did you know there are ten-thousand identified bird species worldwide? Each species has its own birdsong/call. I think that’s amazing! Birds have a special organ that enables them to call and/or sing. Cornell Lab of Ornithology says, “Unlike humans, birds produce vocal sounds using a syrinx, an organ located where the trachea splits into two bronchial tubes. In songbirds, each side of the syrinx is independently controlled, allowing birds to produce two unrelated pitches at once. Some birds even have the ability to sing rising and falling notes simultaneously, like the Wood Thrush (Hylocichla mustelina) in its final trill.” And, “The songbird syrinx makes vocal gymnastics possible–for example the Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) is able to sweep through more notes than are on a piano keyboard in just a tenth of a second. Because each branch of the songbird syrinx is individually controlled, the cardinal can start its sweeping notes with one side of the syrinx and seamlessly switch to the other side without stopping for a breath, making them the envy of human vocalists everywhere.” 1
Evolutionists can’t give an account for why birds have a syrinx. According to an article on the website ‘Science,’ “The melodious call of many birds comes from a mysterious organ buried deep within their chests: a one-of-a-kind voice box called a syrinx. Now, scientists have concluded that this voice box evolved only once, and that it represents a rare example of a true evolutionary novelty. “It’s something that comes out of nothing,” says Denis Duboule, a geneticist at the University of Geneva in Switzerland who was not involved with the work. “There is nothing that looks like a syrinx in any related animal groups in vertebrates. This is very bizarre.””2
“Evolved.” “Something that comes out of nothing.” Haven’t we heard those lines before? As usual, the evolutionists use their imaginations to explain away the Lord’s Creation. It comes down to where you place your faith and pre-suppositions. Do you place your faith in evolution, which has no scientific proof, or in the Creator of these wonderful animals?
A great article that goes in depth regarding the “evolution” of birds can be found at the ‘Answers in Genesis’ website. According to Dr. Lightner, “The scientists have assumed that all life on Earth shares common ancestry. Based on this belief, they use the data to tell stories of how the birds may have originated or changed.” And, “The Bible clearly tells us that God created birds and other animals according to their kinds.”3
Genesis 1, verses 20–23, state that the Lord created birds on the fifth day of Creation. And in Job 2: 7-10, Job says, “But ask the animals, and they will teach you; or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.”
The next time you are outside and hear the birds calling and singing, think about just how remarkable they are and rejoice in the Lord. He truly is a wonderful Creator!