Can the song of a nightingale help us focus better and pass a test, or that of a blackbird help reduce fatigue? The answer is yes. Both scientifically during the investigations of the last decades, as well as through the learning of nature that humans have been acquiring for millions of years, the song of birds is considered a relaxing and calming stimulus, which allows us to have the body relaxed and mind alert. In addition, the chirping of birds is one of the most beautiful and surprising sounds in nature, where each of the different species of songbirds in the world has its own tone and style of song.
Canary (Serinus canaria domestica), one of the most famous singing birds
However, despite their small natural range, canaries sadly appear in cages in homes and gardens around the world. Their accompaniment as pets emerged in the 12th century and since then, their sweet songs flood the day-to-day lives of the people with whom they live. During the summer months, due to the fall and change of their feathers, canaries stop singing, although they also stop singing when they are caged, they are alone and their general condition is not optimal, among other health aspects.
The nightingale is considered one of the birds that sing the best . Also known as the ” night singers “, the common nightingales inhabit Asia, Europe and Africa, especially in the Mediterranean area, singing beautiful melodies during the night and at dawn.
Due to the discreet plumage that characterizes them and their habits of not leaving the thick places in which they live, it is only easy to notice the presence of nightingales when listening to their characteristic and harmonious song .
Jilguero (Carduelis carduelis)
Goldfinches are considered one of the most showy birds and, in turn, one of the birds that sing the best . For this reason, on innumerable occasions they are captured in their natural habitat (southern area and some parts of eastern Spain) to be sold as pets.
Of course, the song of the goldfinch is more sophisticated and surprising if it is in the wild, for during its flight, the song of the goldfinch combines short, piercing jingles with short chirps.
Within the urban habitats of almost all the temperate zones of the planet, the house sparrows live as commensals of the human being, benefiting from the food and shelter that we provide them. Their songs are heard here and there in anthropic nuclei, arising as contact calls between males and females. Anyway, although we are used to seeing them in urbanized areas, it is true that in recent years their population has fallen a lot, since they leave the cities, or even reproduce less and their general population has decreased, due to the high pollution that has been around for a long time.
These songbirds live up to thirteen years in captivity, whereas if they are in the wild, they generally do not live more than seven years.
Surely you have seen on more than one occasion in a park or even in the home garden a medium-sized bird, with black plumage in males and mottled brown in females and unmistakable deep orange beak. It is, without a doubt, a common blackbird .
Sometimes, they even dare to build their nests inside a bush or in the low branches of the trees in any garden, so we can enjoy their varied repertoire of songs more closely .
Robins inhabit all of Europe, including the Atlantic islands, as well as North Africa and the Middle East, penetrating as far as the Urals and the Caspian Sea. Without a doubt, this is one of the most popular and easily recognizable birds are robins .
Both because of the orange stain formed by the feathers on their chest, and because of their elaborate and melodious song , these chubby-looking birds can be found in almost any environment, being easily seen in parks and gardens, especially while looking for insects on the ground. or inside a bush. Yes, their diet is based on insects . If you want to learn more about this diet, we recommend this other Green Ecology post about Insectivorous animals: what they are and a list of examples .
Cenzontle common (Mimus polyglottos)
This species, native to the Caribbean and the Central and North Americas, is characterized by its habit of emitting a distinctive alert call when a predator approaches them. It is a strategy that allows them to warn, through their characteristic chirping, to the specimens of the same species that are in nearby territories and thus be able to attack their aggressor together.
In addition, within the behavior of the common mound , its ability to imitate the song of other species of songbirds stands out , as well as the sounds of other animals and even the noise of machines that they are used to hearing within the urban centers in which they usually live. .
Cockatoos are considered one of the most striking species of birds that speak , as they have the ability to emit words and sounds to which they have become accustomed, as well as communicate between different specimens through their high-pitched calls.
Specifically, the yellow-tailed black cockatoo stands out for its noisy chirping, with which the inhabitants of southeastern Australia with whom it lives are well acquainted.
The magpie is the most abundant species of the corvid family in the Iberian Peninsula and, thanks to its tolerance to various habitats, we can find it from the Maghreb to central Asia, and even in northern Scandinavia.
Like all corvid, it is characterized by being a fairly noisy bird, capable of emitting a great variety of vocalizations , through which it communicates with other individuals of its species, either to alert of a dangerous situation or in a dispute for food, for instance.
Although they are best known for their ability to lay their eggs in the nests of other species , cuckoos are also one of the most striking and common songbirds .
The habitual song of the males is very characteristic: a recognizable cuu-cu, cuu-cu , which it repeats regularly for a long time. However, when male cuckoo males come into contact with females, the song becomes more accelerated and nervous, sometimes making other hoarse and harsh sounds.
Without a doubt, the song thrush is one of the main birds of the Mediterranean winter, flooding olive groves, banks and lagoons with its song.
It is capable of emitting different sounds while singing , according to associated behavioral patterns. In this way, it emits a fine, sharp and soft sound (zit) as a calling pattern, while it makes an “alarm voice” that sounds like chuc-chu-chu-chuc and which is a strident and nervous sound. As for the song, it is melodious and includes various repetitive sequences, generally of two different fluted notes.
Another of the world’s most striking songbirds , both for its colorful plumage and for its song, is the rosy-breasted thick-billed or tricolor candelo . During the winter they inhabit tropical areas of Central America, while during the nesting season they migrate to the north of the United States and Canada.
Both the chirping of males and females of this species is characterized by a melodious voice, with many notes and different tones . It is characteristic of the males to stand in the high branches of the trees to always sing, while the song of the females is reduced to the time of incubation of the eggs and that of the construction of the nest.
Also known as Asian koeles, these songbirds inhabit East Southeast Asia and Oceania. They are characterized by being very vocal birds , presenting a wide range of calls, which are emitted with greater intensity by males, both to mark their territories and to attract females during the breeding season (from March to August).
The Asian koeles also stand out for their laying parasitism, that is, for the distribution of their eggs in nests of other species of birds , so that they are raised by these hosts, although the chicks of the Pacific koel do not kill the chicks. of your guest.
If you liked this compilation of birds that sing, we advise you to learn more about birds with these other Green Ecology articles on Aerial animals: types and names and on 112 birds of prey or raptors: types, names and photos .
To finish, from EcologíaVerde, we want to give a message to take care of these species of birds that sing and thus help the planet, simply by following this advice.
You have to stop caging birds because they are pretty, curious and sing very well or talk. Living beings should not be deprived of their freedom. If you like birdsong, don’t buy cages, better plant trees .