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Bird song is one of the wonders of the natural world. It has uplifted and cheered human beings for as long as history has been recorded, and its beauty continues to charm us more than ever in this modern technological world. Most urban homes play host to some song birds and to hear the dawn chorus at the same time as watching the sunrise is a truly beautiful experience. Birds however do not sing to charm humans.

Song birds evolved around 60 million years ago, long before any humans were around to listen. For birds, singing is a means of communicating with the world, and mostly this means 'other birds'. Bird noises (including song, calls and other noises) can range greatly in character and between species. Some are in the response to stimuli from their environment (e.g. an alarm call), while other are in assocaited with specific kinds of behaviour (e.g. courting).

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