How Do Birds Know When To MateLike most other wildlife, birds are programmed with information on when to mate and how to mate.
Nature Lets Birds KnowEach spring, the snow begins to melt. As water supplies increase, birds can replenish their hydration stores depleted during extended bouts of daily torpor during the winter. Nesting materials are uncovered from blankets of snow, and food is more readily available. When these signs from nature appear, birds begin to exhibit their own signs to let each other know they are ready to mate.
Birds Let Other Birds KnowAs birds spring back into health from the slowness of winter, they begin a change. Flocking birds will separate from one another and seek out partners individually or within the group, but no longer as a flock. Birds do not appreciate infiltration during mating season, especially by other males. The songs you hear birds chirping are part of claiming territories to let others know to steer clear. The other part of the purpose of birdsongs is to attract mates. Birds will build nests and claim their territory, warding off other birds who seek to do the same. Birds are notorious for building nests in some of the worst and most trafficked areas, such as:
- Door wreaths
- Door trim
- Flower beds
How Do Birds Find a MateAside from their chirping songs and debatable homebuilding skills, birds thankfully have other ways of attracting mates.
- Flight patterns
- Bright and colourful plumage
- Courtship dances
- Delivery of nesting materials
- Delivery of food
- Pecking on the head