Questions my Grandkids asked me:Why do birds sing early in the morning?
It is called the "Dawn Chorus".
Why do birds sing in the morning?
Anyone who has been out camping or even just outdoors early in the morning will have heard the “dawn chorus” or noise from a variety of birds as the sun comes up. Why are birds in general, and in the farmyard the Rooster, so vocal at this time in particular?
There are several reasons possible. Firstly it must be realized that we hear the birds better in the early morning because everything is quiet. The wind is not blowing and so sound carries better, the traffic and other noise producing activities are at their lowest density and so there are few normal sounds to compete with.
At the same time the birds are waking up and announcing to other birds that they are around and because they are often territorial they are warning, “don’t come into my area!” As birds also move around in so called “bird parties” as they feed, they could be calling their friends to join the breakfast party. At times we have counted up to 14 different species in a feeding group.
Birds also flock together because there is safety in numbers. They can then warn each other if danger is approaching. I have seen a large group of feeding birds disappear into the bush in a second because of one bird seeing a raptor approach and giving the alarm call. In the morning then the birds may also be signaling to other birds that everything is okay in the area.
Birds also sing to attract members of the opposite sex and so this is good time to let everyone “that I am available” or “is there anyone out there looking for a mate”. After all it is well known that “the early bird catches the worm”, and so it could just as easily apply to catching a mate!
Get up early tomorrow morning and provided there are birds in the area listen out for the “dawn chorus”: you will be amazed at what you will hear.