Singing is almost always directed at members of the bird’s own species. Each species has a different song (or songs), and individual birds of the same species sound pretty much alike. However, there is often a slight variation among different populations of the same species; for instance a wren in
Typically only the male bird sings, although the female of some species can also sing. The reason is common sense; the males want to draw attention to themselves, whereas females want to remain hidden, since they are often in the vulnerable position of incubating eggs or caring for young.
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