Why don't birds chirp in the afternoon

Vogeluhr: which bird sings when?

With the first rays of sunshine, the chirping of birds starts again. But who is beeping and at what time? The NABU provides information.

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Blackbirds (Turdus merula) are early birds and drown out the other birds with their song.

While some migratory birds are still in Africa, the first bird species in this country have long since begun to chirp. Especially the blackbirds drown out all other species in the morning and evening.

Blackbird and song thrush are early birds

"They have beautiful melodic singing," says bird protection expert Lars Lachmann from the Naturschutzbund Deutschland (NABU). Early risers can also listen to the black and brown spotted song thrush.

First titmice, then finches and great spotted woodpeckers

Late risers, on the other hand, have a good chance of listening to the typical "Zizi bäh" sounds of the great tit and the sophisticated singing and blue tits. Then there are finches and the drumming great spotted woodpeckers a little later.

Skylarks sing for up to half an hour

From now on the skylarks are chirping over the fields. “They are real endurance artists and can sing in flight for up to half an hour,” explains Lachmann.

Bird watch: which bird chirps when

So many minutes before sunrise the birds begin their song:

  • Redstart: 80 minutes
  • Black redstart: 70 minutes
  • Barn swallow: 60 minutes
  • Song thrush: 55 minutes
  • Robin: 50 minutes
  • Cuckoo: 50 minutes
  • Blackbird: 45 minutes
  • Blackcap: 40 minutes
  • Wren: 40 minutes
  • Blue tit: 35 minutes
  • Chiffchaff: 35 minutes
  • Great tit: 30 minutes
  • Goldfinch: 20 minutes
  • Greenfinch: 15 minutes
  • Star: 15 minutes
  • Chaffinch: 10 minutes

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Source: dpa / NABU / BerlinOnline

| Updated: May 12, 2021

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