If you have a lot of wild birds that come into your yard, you may be curious about their behaviour and habits. The noises you hear each morning, day and night from the birds that visit your yard may have a special meaning or behaviour behind them. Deciphering these bird sounds could help you solve a problem with nuisance birds. At Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control, we use bird removal strategies that start with our expert knowledge of birds and their behaviour. Here are the different calls you may hear from birds and what they mean.
Birds use their calls to warn other birds in the area of potential dangers. Alarm calls are used by smaller songbirds to notify other birds that there may be a predator present. These calls can also be used by a variety of bird species as an intimidation tactic if they are trying to reclaim their territory.
An alarm call is a sound that is short and distinctive. The bird will emit a loud, piercing call that carries over long distances so other bird species can also hear the alarm. They may repeat the noise over and over again until the threat is gone or until they are satisfied they’ve asserted their dominance.
Another kind of call that birds use is a contact call. This type of sound is used when birds are trying to communicate with each other. Contact calls are communications when there isn’t a threat, such as when birds are travelling together or foraging for food.
The contact call could be one of many different types of sounds, including chirps, peeps, whines and rasps. Contact calls aren’t as loud as alarm calls. If a group of birds travelling together gets separated, their contact calls may get louder.
Begging calls are made by very young birds to their parents. Baby or juvenile birds may use begging calls when they want their parents to give them food. Birds making begging calls may also perform movements, such as fluttering their wings, to get attention.
The begging calls of baby birds may sound quieter than adult birds emitting other sounds. The calls are higher-pitched and may consist of chirps, whines, peeps and other noises. If you hear begging calls, you may have a nest nearby on your property.
The last type of common bird call is a flight call, which is only made when birds are flying. These are the most noticeable calls that are easiest to identify. Birds use these calls when flying in flocks or with groups of other birds to help with navigation, communicate about food and stay together.
If you hear bird noises, look up and see a flock of birds, it’s most likely they are making flight calls. Flying calls are common during the fall and winter when birds are migrating south. The noises may sound like lots of chirping or other sounds but in much larger numbers instead of individual calls.
Let Us Help With Bird Removal
If you hear more bird sounds than usual on your property, you may have nesting birds around. Even more alarming is hearing quiet bird calls inside your home, such as in your attic or on your roof. Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control can find the sources of the bird sounds and help remove them from your property safely and humanely. Our focus is on humane wildlife control in Oakville.
Contact us today at Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control to get help with a problem bird infestation on your property. We provide safe bird removal solutions that protect homeowners and the region’s native bird population.