Hello. My name is Hannah from Toronto, Canada, age 4. I would like to know: Why do birds sing? Thanks – Hannah, age 4, Toronto.

Hi Hannah, thanks for your excellent question.

Lots of animals use sounds to say things to other animals of their kind. People and birds that sing are a bit special though.

Birds don’t use words like people do, but they also need to learn their songs, the same way babies need to learn talk by listening to their families speaking their own language (so some human babies learn English, others learn French, or Chinese, or Greek).

Most other animals are born already knowing the sounds they need to communicate, but baby birds spend a long time learning how to sing.

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