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4 Reasons to Fall in Love with Birdsong

4 Reasons to Fall in Love with Birdsong

February is not only the month of love, but it also signals that spring is right around the corner. Soon your backyard with be filled with the sounds of the season, and what sounds are more melodious than those of song birds? 

Here are 4 fast facts that just may help you fall in love with bird songs: 

1. Nearly half of the 10,000 birds in the world sing songs, and each of those birds has a repertoire of songs its sings. For some birds, it’s one song and for others, it's dozens or even hundreds! 

2. If you’ve ever serenaded someone, you can appreciate the effort male songbirds make by singing songs thousands of times a day. Though it is often males who do the singing, some songbird species even sing duets.They can be so well-timed that they can sound like one call.  

3. Songbirds have impressive control of their instrument, the syrinx, which is located at the bottom of their trachea. It allows them to produce trills at lightning speed or sweep through a large range of frequencies in a split second. They can even produce 2 sounds from different frequency ranges at once using their two pairs of vocal chords.

4. Songbirds learn their songs when they are young, and you can too, at any age--Expert birders learn hundreds and thousands of songs by heart.

Even if you are a beginner, using Song Sleuth on your phone makes recognizing bird calls easy by giving you three options and making you do the detective work to find out which it is. Don’t have the app yet? You can download it here.

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