As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Why do birds sing in the morning?

Sarah Robertson
Wednesday 28 Mar 2018 7:23 am 

A certain generation will remember singing in school assembly the hymn ‘Morning has broken’ with the lyrics ‘blackbird has spoken like the first bird…’. 

But why do birds sing in the morning? Songbirds account for nearly half the world’s 9,600 bird species and while their patterns of singing varies, it generally takes place in the morning starting at around 4am. 

Biologists think this may be because they are settled in their territory and are letting others know their whereabouts. Some ornithologists think that birds like to sing in the morning because the sound carries further because there is less noise around and the air is denser at that time.

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