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Thursday, June 18, 2009
Romeo Bird

By Laura Doering
Join in on Laura's fun and experiences of bird ownership, and share in her adventures as the editor of BIRD TALK, the world’s most widely read pet bird magazine, in Wayward Feathers.

I just came upon an interesting e-mail, apparently from someone being kept up at night by a bird singing outside the window at 3AM everyday. They wanted to know who could be the culprit.

I can pretty much rule out parrots. I have never known one to sing while the lights are off and it’s dark outside. Parrots cherish a good night’s sleep as much as we do. In fact, I distinctly recall being “told off” by my Amazon once when I got up before dawn to catch a flight and turned the light on near his cage looking for something. It must have been not too far past 3 o’clock in the morning, and he uttered an emotional “Ahhhhhhhh!” It was practically inaudible but the intonation was clearly; “Are you out of your mind?!” Nope it’s definitely not a grouchy Amazon.

My conure is capable of a cheerful greeting no matter what time of day, but not in the dark, so I doubt it’s a conure. And my ’tiel would possibly let out a whistle or two if he were presented a perfectly polished mirror, but again, not in the dark or even on a moonlit night.

I did some research, and it leads me back to the bird that I can’t seem to get away from lately: the mockingbird. Apparently, the “male virtuoso sings his repertoire anytime day or night to attract a female. This behavior occurs during breeding season in late spring and early summer.” I suppose it’s the mocking birds’ version of E-Harmony, putting himself out on a limb (or a chimney top or TV antenna) hoping to meet his summer love; for their sake, hopefully he meets her soon.

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