8. Eurasian Jay
The Best Impressionist
Suddenly, you can hear a cellphone ring, car tires screeching, a fire engine, a chainsaw and a camera trigger - all these noises can also come from birds. The best-known imitators are common hill mynas, lyrebirds, bowerbirds and scrubbirds. In Germany, western jackdaws, starlings, Eurasian jays, marsh warblers and northern mockingbirds also like to “copy” noises.
Why do they do it? More and more birds are moving to areas inhabited by humans because there’s always food there, as well as more and more parks and trees. They blend into their surroundings by imitating sounds (but don’t forget the songs of their own kind).
The Highest Songs
The cowbird’s calls include up to 40 different tones. Some are so high that we can’t even hear them.
10. Australian Magpie
The Most Social Singers
The Australian magpie loves singing together in a choir with its fellow birds, and their singing can span up to four octaves. The white-crested laughingthrush from the tropical regions of Africa and southern Asia sings in a choir where each member has its own stanza. They don’t all sing at the same time; it sounds like only bird is singing.
11. Whooper Swan
The Most Romantic Songs
Whooper swans sing duets to show that they belong together.
12. Marsh Warbler
The Most International Singers
The marsh warbler is a migratory bird that breeds in Europe and winters in Africa. It has European songs and African songs.