How do Birds Create their Joyous Song?

Bird songs awaken me most every morning. It’s usually a Northern mockingbird with a varied repertoire mimicking other bird songs and sometimes even mechanical sounds. Occasionally, another bird beats the mocker to first place.

Bewick's Wren

Bewick’s Wren (Photo credit: loarie)

On sunny mornings, a tiny Bewick’s wren perches on the branches of the nearly-dead shrub outside my bedroom window. His song of joy makes me smile.

His song is produced through a chamber called a syrinx. The amazing thing about a syrinx? The right side works independently of the left. While the right side may produce a single note, the left side can create a different tune.

When I sing, it may not be melodious but it’s always joyous.

What’s your first bird song of the day?

Worship the Lord with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
  Psalm 100:2



  1. The curve-billed thrasher is usually my first birdsong of the morning. They start just as the sky starts to lighten, way before dawn. It’s a beautiful call, much more melodious than their normal “whit-wheat, whit-wheat-whit”

    1. No matter how many times I see the thrasher, I stare at his beak. Just love God’s power to create the unique!

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