Birds make nature's most beautiful and complex sounds. But have you ever wondered what they're saying with their songs and calls? We present a variety of recordings from our wildlife sound collections to illustrate why and how birds communicate.

Themes

Birdsong

It's the most musical of all nature's sounds, but why do birds sing?

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Sparkie Williams

Mimicry and talking birds

Some birds are excellent mimics, but can they really talk to us?

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Bird brain

How birds sing and hear

How do birds learn, produce and experience such complex sounds?

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Mute swan

Beaks, wings and tails

Which birds drum, hum, snap, bleat and clap? And why?

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