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Saturday, June 9, 2018

Completely silent bird

Waking up to the constant wa-wa of starling babies I wondered if any birds are completely silent? Other than vultures which lack vocal mechanisms to make complex sounds other than hissing and grunting, I can't think of any silent birds.

All backyard birds communicate vocally. The largest songbirds are the Common Ravens and American Crows which can weigh as much as 3 pounds. When you hear the variety of noises, such as caws, croaks, and gurgles that the raven produces may not think of it as a songbird, but their wide range of vocalizations for communication is impressive.
 
And although not a songbird, even the Ruby-Throated Hummingbird, at 2.8–3.5 inches long and weighing 0.1–0.2 oz, makes tiny peeps. You can listen to a recording at allaboutbirds.com.

I think every caw, peep, chirp, squawk, and yes, even a wave of screeches is a joyous symphony. Can you imagine hearing no songs?

Related Articles:

Can All Birds Learn to Talk Like Humans? http://bit.ly/s0rflH
Why birds sing at dawn http://lansingwbu.blogspot.com/2014/04/why-birds-sing-at-dawn.html
Will sing for food: If you feed more, birds will sing more! http://lansingwbu.blogspot.com/2018/02/will-sing-for-food-if-you-feed-more.html
What Triggers Birds to Sing? http://lansingwbu.blogspot.com/2011/02/what-triggers-birds-to-sing.html
Has a bird ever "flipped you the bird": Birds have their own specific gestures http://bit.ly/L96Z22

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