About us: We own the Wild Birds Unlimited nature shop in East Lansing, Michigan,
a store that provides a wide variety of supplies to help you enjoy the birdwatching hobby.

This blog was created to answer frequently asked questions & to share nature stories and photographs.
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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Birds communicate through song

The door to the Wild Birds Unlimited store is open and the air is full of bird songs. I'm hearing chickadees calling for sweeties, cardinals sorting out territories, sparrows exchanging social chirps next to each other on the bird bath, and jays announcing that I've arrived and tossed a handful of no-mess birdseed in front of the door for the entertainment of Dolly (cat). Birds can also make different calls to alert others to danger, tell about a good food spot, ask for food, or keep in contact with the group.

Like humans, most birds are vocal learners. They inherit a basic unstructured song but within six weeks of listening to parent birds, learn their own distinctive song. While learning, they may try several variations and even pick up local dialects.

Most birds raised in captivity that never hear the songs of their parents learn a different song with some inherited components. Learn more in the video:  https://youtu.be/r5_ZSnFDPRg

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