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Videos: Bird Sounds in Context

You can find the sound files needed for the bird sound matching game on the Why Birds Sing page. Below are some examples showing the context and behaviors that go along with different types of sounds.

Alarm

 

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American Crow

 This pair of crows is mobbing a possible predator with loud calls and low-flying swoops.

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American Robin

A robin pair reacts to the presence of a cameraman near their nest.

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Pacific Golden-Plover

Some ground-nesting birds do broken wing displays to distract a predator away from their nests and young. This plover gives alarm peeps and then displays.

 

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Northern Cardinal

This cardinal sings up- and down-sweeping songs from a tree branch to attract mates and defend his territory.

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Rufous-capped Warbler

Compare the calls this warbler gives at the start to his songs from a perch. In the background, you can hear a spring chorus of other birds singing.

 

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American Robin

Worm in mouth, this robin cheeps softly to his mate.

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Merlin

This pair of hawks on separate trees give short calls back and forth.

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Northern Cardinal

This pair of cardinals give soft peeps to stay in contact while they look for food in the forest.