Blackbird sat in summer flowers

Why Blackbirds sing at dawn and dusk in the summer

In the UK, blackbirds are known for their melodious songs at dawn and dusk, particularly during the summer months. This behaviour, known as the dawn and dusk chorus, is a fascinating aspect of avian life, rooted in both biology and environmental factors.

Image of a male blackbird on a lawn

At dawn, the air is usually still and the light is low, creating ideal acoustic conditions for birdsong to travel further and clearer. Singing at this time allows blackbirds to communicate effectively over longer distances. This early morning chorus serves multiple purposes: it is a way for male blackbirds to defend their territory from rivals and to attract mates. The complexity and strength of their song can signal a male's fitness, making them more appealing to potential partners.

Dusk singing, on the other hand, reinforces territorial boundaries established in the morning and prepares for the next day. As light fades, foraging becomes difficult, so blackbirds switch their focus from feeding to vocalizing, using the quiet of the evening to once again broadcast their presence.

Image of a blackbird singing in a tree

During the summer, extended daylight hours and increased breeding activity heighten these vocal performances. With longer days, blackbirds have more opportunities to feed and sing, ensuring they maximise their chances of reproduction and survival. This combination of conditions makes the blackbird's dawn and dusk song a quintessential sound of the British summer.

Try feeding Songster Food or Golden Chorus to attract Blackbirds into your garden.

Image of a blackbird sat in a branch

 Written by Angela.

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