Sounds & Songs
Types of Bird Sounds
There are many different types of bird sounds that can be used for identifying birds, including calls, songs and nonverbal bird sounds.
Sounds Hummingbirds Make
Even though many of them do not sing, hummingbirds can still be quite vocal and their nonvocal sounds can also be distinct and unusual.
Why Birds Sing
Just why is that bird singing his heart out? Learn why birds sing, what the dangers of singing are, how birds learn different songs and more.
Ever wonder why birds sing so early in the morning? It's the dawn chorus, and has some great advantages for the birds that participate. But if you want to sleep in, these tips can help too!
When can one bird sound completely different than you'd expect? When that bird is a mimic! Learn what birds mimic other sounds and why they do it, plus how you can identify mimicking bird.
Why Woodpeckers Drum
Woodpeckers are songbirds without song - instead, they use drumming to attract mates and claim territories. But what exactly is drumming, how do the birds do it and why don't they hurt themselves? Includes tips for protecting a home against woodpecker damage.
Birds can only sing because of the intricate anatomy of their syrinx. Learn what the syrinx is and why it is necessary for complex bird songs.
How to Listen to Birds
Once you know what sounds birds make, the next step is listening to them effectively so you can use those sounds for proper bird identification.
Ethics of Bird Calls
Is it appropriate to use bird call recordings in the field to tempt birds closer? Birders are divided on this issue - learn why, and learn how you can use recordings responsibly if you choose to.
Sounds That Attract Birds
Once you understand bird sounds, use different sounds to attract birds to your backyard so you can listen more closely.