What's That Singing All About?
Monday, July 24, 2006; Page C14
The best time to hear birds singing is early on a spring or summer morning. Here are some reasons why wild birds sing:
A male songbird sings to tell other males that he "owns" a particular area, so they should stay away.
Who's That?: Songbirds all sound different, even if they're the same kind of bird. Birds recognize their friendly neighbor's songs and chase away strangers.
Be My Mate: To a female songbird, a complicated song by a male sounds attractive and shows that he is strong and healthy.
Start Those Eggs: When a female bird hears her mate singing, her body begins making eggs. Often she will start building a nest, too. And when the male sees that, he sings all the more.