List of Birds and Their Sounds

While you’ve probably seen hundreds of species of birds in everyday life without knowing it, chances are that you haven’t heard some of the most beautiful bird sounds known to man. We’ve created this list of birds and their sounds to help you out! Feel free to peruse the list and discover your favorite bird species you may have never known existed. Of course, these magnificent bird sounds are available as customized MemoryWaves, allowing you to carry them on you everywhere you go. Without further adieu, here’s a list of our favorite birds and their sounds, along with some fun facts!

Top 6 List of Birds and Their Sounds

Here are some of our favorite birds (in no particular order) who make beautiful sounds that translate into even prettier MemoryWaves.

Bird 1 - The Nightingale

Debatably one of the best-known members of our list of birds and their sounds, the “Common Nightingale” is known for its beautiful songs. As a matter of fact, the nightingale’s songs appear in ancient texts from all around the world, indicating that humanity has long recognized the natural beauty that this bird represents.

Male and female nightingales’ songs vary. Nightingales also typically only sing during breeding season; their songs are used to attract mates. You’ll only hear their songs in America and Europe during the Fall, Summer, and Spring months. Nightingales typically migrate to Africa to escape the cold during the Winter months. 

Interestingly, and uniquely on this list of birds and their sounds, the nightingale only sings at night or dawn! It’s very rare to hear their songs during the day. However, they are one of the few species of birds who have huge variations in their individual songs. 

There’s no “standard” sound, but their songs can be recognized solely from the range of sounds they can make. For example, both sexes of the nightingale can make identifiable musical notes, whistles, and sing considerably unique and beautiful songs.

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Bird 2 - The Laughing Kookaburra

Found only in Australia and New Zealand, the sound of the Laughing Kookabura is unmistakable. Found outdoors at all times of the day, this is one of the longer members on our list of birds and their sounds, coming in at an average of 16”. 

Their “call” catches foreigners off-guard in Australia, consisting of a variably-noted shriek right before what sounds uncannily like a human laugh. It ends with what sounds like a light human chuckle as its call fades away. 

A little-known fact about the Laughing Kookaburra is that this species stays around to help their families, unlike most birds. Descendants often come back to their mothers’ nests when new babies are hatching and help acclimate them to the world, demonstrating unparalleled affection in the world of birds!

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Bird 3 - The Northern Cardinal

Those in eastern Canada, the section of the US east of the Mississippi River, and Mexico have likely seen this common bird at some point. At a sizable average of 9” long, these bright red-colored birds have an equally colorful call! Keep in mind that only the male Northern Cardinals are bright red; females are reddish with a brown tinge.

Unlike others on our list of birds and their sounds, the male Northern Cardinal does most of the singing. Females can sing, though it’s quite rare for this species. Males typically fiercely compete for mates, giving females little reason to sing in the first place. Though their fights with one another can be quite brutal, their song couldn’t be more beautiful!

Their songs are known to be short but sweet. They’re typically higher-pitched than most birds’ songs, and out of everyone on our list of birds and their sounds, they “speed up” and “slow down” their tempos the most. Their calls often sound like English words, and many people often mistake them for a young child yelling a word like “cheer” or “birdie”!

While their songs can be on a MemoryWave anywhere year-round, you’re most likely to hear their songs in nature in the Spring and Summer. They can be heard earlier in warmer climates.

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Bird 4 - The Satin Bowerbird

Another member of our list of birds and their sounds that is found almost exclusively in Australia, there’s little that’s ordinary about the Satin Bowerbird! They’re quite plump, and males and females have quite disparate appearances.

Males appear as a dark shade between blue and purple, whereas females usually are green and brown. Both sexes have notably short bills, but this feature doesn’t stop them from emitting beautiful sounds!

An interesting fact is that it’s the males who tend to build structures, whereas it’s typically the female birds of other species who do this activity. Typically working in groups of at least two, in “tribes,” they are known for building bowers in the rainforests they naturally live in. Out of everyone on our list of birds and their sounds, this is the only species where it looks like males do their fair share of work around the nest!

Known for being quite vocal, both sexes of this species emit very loud noises. Despite having those very small bills, their songs usually consist of sequences of what can best be described as howls, yells, laughs, screams, and other sounds that are almost indiscernible from sounds humans naturally make! They sometimes make songs in groups for a truly unique sound.

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Bird 5 - The Australian Magpie

As its name would suggest, this species also hails from Australia! However, they naturally migrate to the northwestern United States, as well. One of the most distinguishing features of these black and white-feathered birds is that they’re very social with humans! Out of all species on our list of birds and sounds they make, the Australian Magpie takes the trophy for being quite outgoing.

They usually travel in packs and are known for visiting yards and small towns. Their nests are some of the most intricate, typically taking more than a month for a pack to construct! Not only useful for their beauty, they actually help other members of nature out. This species is also uniquely known for diving down to pick ticks off of other wild animals to eat.

The Australian Magpie has a very interesting song, making it very easy for bird-lovers to identify. There are two major types of sounds this species makes: something that sounds a bit like two humans chattering, and a mating call that’s shorter and sharper. Their “chattering” sounds are quite smooth, usually fairly long, and beautiful to listen to. Their less-frequent mating calls generally get louder and higher in pitch over a period of about five seconds.

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Bird 6 - The Blue-Footed Booby

Found in western portions of southern Central and South America, males of this species couldn’t have a more fitting name. As with most bird aesthetics, their magnificent blue feet are designed to attract female mates. They typically walk around, intentionally showing off their blue feet for interested females of the species!

One fun fact about The Blue-Footed Booby is that the species has naturally selected out male birds with less-blue feet. This means that, on average, the feet of males of this species get (literally) bluer by the year! 

These birds are meant to live near the ocean. At night, they come out of their nests to swoop down on unsuspecting sea creatures to capture dinner. Unlike the majority of bird species, both males and females help to nurture their new hatchlings, not just the females.

Along with their song, males are known to do (what looks pretty bad to humans) “dances” that resemble a drunken person stumbling around. Nonetheless, their song is quite interesting. Typically reserved for females during breeding season, it sounds almost like a slow, passing car honk. It is less guttural than sounds by other birds, but loud enough to hear.

 

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Reflecting on Our List of Birds and Their Sounds

Of course, any and all of these sounds would make a great MemoryWave. All of these are sounds found in nature, though some are sounds that most people wouldn’t ordinarily hear who don’t live in regions where these birds live.

If you’re looking at our list of birds and their sounds and trying to pick out the best MemoryWave for you or a loved one, it’s pretty hard to go wrong! All of these species make beautiful sounds that bird-lovers travel the world seeking to hear in the wild. Regardless of where you or your loved one live, you can carry the sound of your favorite bird with you into any climate!