The sound of birds chirping in the morning is one of the most peaceful and relaxing sounds in the world. But have you ever stopped to ask yourself why they do it? What is the purpose of their song?
In this blog post, we will explore the wonder of birds and discover why they sing so beautifully each morning.
The sound of birds chirping in the morning indicates that they are establishing their territory.
The dawn chorus is a term used to describe this occurrence.
Other reasons why birds chirp early in the day include courting potential partners, using the early hours of daylight to sing, and keeping themselves occupied before visibility allows them to start hunting.
What Time Do Birds Usually Start Their Dawn Chorus?
The vast majority of birds are what we call “diurnal”, meaning that they are most active during the day.
So, it should come as no surprise that the time when they sing their dawn chorus is around sunrise.
Birds generally begin their dawn choruses at around 4 a.m. or an hour before sunrise. The moment when birds begin to sing varies by species and season.
If daylight arrives sooner, they will change their dawn choruses to accommodate the new situation.
There are a number of reasons why birds sing so early in the morning.
One of the most predominant reasons is to mark their territory. By singing early in the morning, birds are communicating to other birds that this territory belongs to them.
In addition, birds often sing early in the morning as a way of communicating with their potential mate.
The dawn of spring is a busy time for many birds. It may signify the bird’s vitality and fitness to its potential partner.
You may think of it as a vocal contest, in which the bird that can sing the loudest and with the most beautiful song wins the heart of their ideal partner.
Birds sing their songs before the world awakes, when their song can be heard.
This is because there is less noise pollution in the mornings than during the day when the rest of the world is making their noises and rushing about their daily business.
International Dawn Chorus Day
International Dawn Chorus Day is celebrated on the first Sunday in May.
It is a day when people around the world get up early to listen to the birds singing at dawn.
If you have never experienced this wonder for yourself, I highly recommend that you do. There is truly nothing like it!