Northern Mockingbird

Indeed birds are always famous for their beautiful appearance and melodious song. They rise early and settle down at dusk and the dawn chorus is the first sign of morning. But, the question that why some birds chirp at night remains a mind striking question? There are different reasons for that and varies from species to species. Some birds are famous for their late-night hootenannies and some croon by moonlight. Sometimes birds chirp at night because they are quite simply confused due to street lights and think that it is dusk when in fact it is the middle of the night. So, here is a list of the top ten birds chirping at night.

Birds Chirping At Night

1.Northern Mockingbird

Perching throughout the United States, Southern Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean, the Northern mockingbird is one of the most familiar night singing birds. With a broad repertoire, it sings different tones, notes in sequences, switching to a new tone frequently to show off its vocal prowess. Also, the Northern mockingbird is scientifically known as “many-tongued Thrush” because of its mimicking ability and can produce an endless string of 10 or 15 different birds.

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Northern Mockingbird
Northern Mockingbird

2.Eastern Whip-poor-will

Belonging to the nightjar family, Eastern Whip-poor-will is a very famous night chirping bird. In fact, it has been much more easily heard than seen because of its highly camouflaged brindled plumage that blends perfectly with the grey-brown leaf. These are completely nocturnal birds that often stay quietly roosting during the day but at night are heard with a chanting song that rises to another end. It is interesting to note that Eastern Whip-poor-will forages at night especially at dusk and dawn and on moonlit nights.

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Eastern Whip-poor-will
Eastern Whip-poor-will

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3.Hermit Thrush

One of the most beautiful birds of North America, the reddish-brown hermit thrush is very easy to hear and often sings very late in the evening or early in the morning. Hermit Thrush is a lovely and melancholic Bird that lurks in the understories of the Northern forest in summer. These are commonly found in wooded areas and often hop on the ground or skulks in dense patches of shrubbery.

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Hermit Thrush
Hermit Thrush

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4.American Robin

One of the most common types of birds in Pennsylvania famous for the dawn chorus, the American Robin is a backyard bird of North America. American Robins basically chirp at night because of the streetlights that trick them into singing through the night. American Robin is a migratory songbird and named after the European Robin because of its reddish Orange breast(the two species not being closely related). These are fairly large songbirds with a round body, long legs, long tails and are commonly found in open grassy areas, gardens etc. It is also listed as one of the beautiful birds of Iowa.

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American Robin
American Robin

5.Black-crowned Night-Heron

Commonly found throughout North and South America, Europe, Africa and Asia, Black-crowned Night-Heron don’t have a musical song, but their raspy, croaking calls are commonly heard through the night. These birds are commonly found throughout a large part of the world except in the coldest regions. Also, Black-crowned Night-Heron open spend their days searching on tree limbs and in the evening and at night they forage on mudflats and on land.

Black-Crowned Night Heron
Black-Crowned Night Heron

6.Common Nightingale

Common Nightingale is one of the most prolific songbirds of Europe, Asia and Africa. It is slightly larger than Robin and well known for his lilting and beautiful song but surprisingly it is hard to spot. Blessed with more than 200 songs in its repertoire, the common nightingale is a very famously heard songbird who might sing them all at night. Important to note that the common nightingale is relatively shy and often stays undercover in dense brush. But its melodious and mesmerizing flute-like voice and varied sounds can be heard from great distances and for long periods of time as this bird never gets tired of singing.

Common Nightingale
Common Nightingale

7.Yellow-Breasted Chat

This brightly coloured type of yellowbird, warbler-like bird is always found hidden in thickets. When it wishes to sing, it ventures into a more open spot and thrills its listeners with its warbling chirps, whistling chatters, raspy notes, all woven into a loud and easily heard song. It offers a cascade of song in the spring when males deliver a stream of whistles, cackles, chuckles, gurgles and a bizarre series of hoots. Yellow-Breasted Chat is commonly found in areas of dense shrubbery, abandoned farmland and other rural areas where overgrown vegetation proliferates.

Yellow Breasted Chat
Yellow Breasted Chat

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8.Barred Owl

Barred owls are one of the most common night chirping birds that have a mournful hooting call. They are the most commonly found owls in Florida, the eastern United States, Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest. Barred owls are mottled brown and white overall with dark brown eyes, rounded head with no ear-tufts. They have a distinctive hooting call of 8 to 9 notes. Throughout many cultural traditions, owls have been considered a symbol of bad luck ill health or even death. The call of the owl is considered an unlucky omen and some believe that the hoot of an owl indicates the death of someone.

Barred Owl
Barred Owl

9.European Robin

European Robin is a small songbird that often sings year-round. Also, it is one of the most familiar songbirds of North America. The major reason for Chirping this bird at night is the urban lighting that fools this bird into singing through the night. Also, European Robins often sing early in the morning and late in the evening when not tricked by artificial lighting. These are commonly found in wooded habitats, gardens, hedges in farmland and heathland. They are often seen as hoping perkily on the ground, flicking wings and Cocks tail.

European Robin
European Robin

10.Eurasian Nightjar

Eurasian nightjar is an iconic bird found most commonly in Europe, North Africa and Asia. Eurasian Nightjar mostly around dusk and dawn, and also sometimes overnight. The word “nightjar” actually refers to the male’s loud jarring or churring call that contains as many as 1,900 individual notes per minute. This nocturnal bird is a masterfully camouflaged songbird that is active at night and rarely seen by chance. These are migratory birds and prefers to stay in dry, open areas with some trees and small bushes, such as heaths, forest clearings or newly planted woodland.

Eurasian Nightjar
Eurasian Nightjar

Image Source: Imran Shah

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By Amreen Fatima

Amreen fatima is a Nature lover and has taken nature writing hobbyist for years. She also loves feeding and photographing animals of all types.

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