Image: Rock wren singing on a rock

The Fascinating Secret Behind How Birds Sing!

Have you ever wondered how birds sing their elaborate songs without lips? Or how parrots can seem to speak our language? Thanks to a very special feat of evolution, they have a unique ability (yeah, even more so than flying!) all thanks to something known as the syrinx! Because of this extraordinary voice box, they’re able to hit some serious notes that any opera singer would be jealous of, all with a little neck dance.

If you’re looking for ways to make every day a little more exciting, you’ll never have to look further than hearing a bird singing after this! (Seriously, some can even sing two notes at once! Can you imagine?!)

Image: Rock wren singing on a rock
Rock Wren singing their heart out!
Source: Gregory “Slobirdr” Smith // Flickr

Find a quiet place outside in the spring and summer and you’re sure to notice the air is full of song. All written by different artists, these chirps of all lengths and volumes echo back and forth to each other in a canopy chorus, telling a story.

The chickadees deliver more “dee-dees” in their song when they’re feeling under threat, cardinal lovers sing their beautiful whooping song together, as the male sparrows deliver their precise performance, and crows chat together off in the distance.

It’s a magnificent experience as is, but just wait—it’s about to be way cooler.

Vox takes us into the special anatomy of birds to discover why we need our lips, tongue, and mouth muscles to create sounds, when birds can make do just fine without them!

Via: Vox 1

This page from Bird Academy is an amazing resource to learn more about bird songs and the diversity and skill of these wonderful creatures across species. Enjoy hearing a few of their beautiful trills, discover the mastery and complexity of the songs with comparisons and slowing their voices down, and see how their songs look visually by clicking here!

If you’d like to discover more of the world with Vox, I highly suggest heading over to their YouTube channel and subscribing!

Whew! Just one more way the world gets even more awesome when you follow your curiosity.

Every time we learn a little more about the inner workings of the world around us, the simplest moments become exciting. Whether you’re sweeping up dust bunnies from under your bed, taking your dog for a walk, or buttoning up your shirt, there’s a story waiting to be discovered in everything!

Here are a few others that’ll leave you geared up to have an amazing adventure in nature!

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Want to hear a great song about birds?

Check this one out from Bill Nye the Science Guy and L.L. Bloo J. (ha!) and be prepared to have this little ditty stuck in your head for days.

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‌As always, my friends, stay open to new possibilities!

  • Sam

Start every day off singing the right song!

Adding the EWC App to your home screen will have you starting your day feeling uplifted about the world! Not to mention, it gives you a place to go to whenever you want to let your curiosity run free! Download now for Apple and Android!

YES, PLEASE!

Notes:

  1. Vox. “Why Parrots Can Talk like Humans.” YouTube, 4 Mar. 2019, www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBGw7uXc0eo&feature=youtu.be. Accessed 14 July 2020.
  2. MrBuemi1. “Bill Nye the Science Guy- Bird Song.” YouTube, 31 Jan. 2011, https://youtu.be/7MusgV9mc1s. Accessed 17 July 2020.
Published: August 10, 2020

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Sam Burns

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Sam wrote and edited hundreds of articles during her time on the Goodness Exchange team from 2016-2021. She wrote about topics from the wonders of nature to the organizations changing the world and the simple joys in life! Outside of the Goodness Exchange, she’s a part-time printmaker, collector of knick-knacks, and procurer of cheeses.

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