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Learn the language of birds

If you listen closely, you'll hear them every morning. What exactly are they saying? Studies show those beautiful songs are more than likely arguments over territory.

Photo by Jan Lewis -

While Robin chirps are often described as cheery, bubbly and as LA Times puts it:

the rhythm is often described as: cheerily–cheer up–cheer up–cheerily–cheer up

But the reality is likely what they're actually saying is more like,

“Don’t even think about it!” “I got here first and this branch is mine all mine!”

Wrentit songs are

more like someone yelling at a dog about to poop in their yard, like, “Hey! Hey! Heyheyheyheyhey!”

You'll notice if approach them, these "songs" fall silent - as they quiet when here is a potential predator. It can be power to know this, as it is a sign that either a human or another animal is nearby.

Listen long enough and you'll start to be able to differentiate bird calls from species to species. Not all their chirping is bickering. Short chirps of alarm before silence is a warning and call-and-response trills may be between companions



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