Night time Singers
Written by Bob Sundstrom
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[Night sounds, such as crickets and a Great Horned Owl]
After darkish, when most birds are asleep, a number of break into tune. Like this Whip-poor-will. [Whip-poor-will song] The Whip-poor-will is a real night time hen – feeding, mating, and nesting at midnight. [Whip-poor-will song]
However a number of songbirds which are energetic throughout the day additionally sing at night time.
In North America, for a few week every spring, the Yellow-breasted Chat sings within the darkness. [Yellow-breasted Chat song] Chats are primarily energetic throughout the day, however they migrate at night time. So when most different birds are silent, the chat has the sound-stage largely to itself. Which means a singing male has higher odds of catching the ear of a mate. Chats additionally sing shorter and lower-pitched songs at night time, with longer gaps between them. It’s a sample that carries properly over lengthy distances.
As soon as all of the females have arrived for the season, the male chats go quiet at night time. However not the Whip-poor-will. [Whip-poor-will song]
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I’m Michael Stein.
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Bird sounds supplied by The Macaulay Library on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY. Nice Horned Owl recorded by W.R. Fish. Whip-poor-will and Yellow-breasted Chat recorded by G.A. Keller.
© 2014 Tune In to Nature.org July 2016/2019 / August 2022 Narrator: Michael Stein
ID# song-05-2008-07-24 song-05c
Analysis cited: Canterbury, Jacqueline Lee. Songs of the Wild: Temporal and Geographical Distinctions within the Acoustic Properties of the Songs of the Yellow-Breasted Chat. Ph.D. Dissertation, College of Nebraska, November, 2007.