how do you speak bird

Bird language is an amazing skill that isn’t often taught. This is probably because it’s kind of an unusual skill.

Even though I would put it in the same category as something like animal tracking, most trackers don’t really pay enough attention to birds in order to really learn bird language to any significant depth.

A lack of teachers means there really isn’t a whole lot of information out there about how to get started in learning.

It’s easy to fumble around and not really know what do to do or how to get started so I’m going to share four basic aspects of practice that will help you start to learn bird language in your local area.

These are four simple things you can do that will help you expand your awareness over time into the subtle realms of bird vocalization.

If you do these things over and over again it’s like training your brain to gradually accumulate more and more information that results in being able to detect alarms at a distance and track down the animals causing the disturbance.

Three Levels of Bird Language

Bird language is a multifaceted skill that requires an understanding of birds as well as the capacity to identify patterns in various interconnected natural systems.

It necessitates the dynamic combination of applying critical thinking abilities and all five senses—a skill that most modern people never learn in school.

It takes careful planning in terms of how you listen and practice to make this shift in awareness.

We can divide bird language skills into three levels to facilitate a more natural learning process. Each level represents a significant advancement in the intricacy and usefulness of bird language.

What is Bird Language?

Bird language is a body language-based method of tracking wildlife.

Bird language allows us to locate animals without using their tracks.

Though there is much to explore, the main point I wish to make is that bird language is more than just a cute metaphor for the natural world!

There are times when people mistakenly believe that bird language is solely about bird sounds and the meanings associated with those calls, but that is actually only a very small portion of it.

Bird language is primarily a survival and wildlife tracking skill that allows skilled listeners to forecast live events occurring at a distance in any terrain.

For example:

When a bobcat moves through the forest, birds will respond by congregating and taking flight in a circle, all the while emitting unique and repeated sounds.

The alarms of a bobcat are quite visible, even from many yards away through dense brush, to an experienced bird language practitioner. This pattern is very subtle to someone who hasn’t been trained in what to listen for.

Understanding a bobcat’s pattern of bird communication allows one to anticipate the animal’s approach, sometimes up to half an hour in advance.

The majority of animals bigger than rabbits, including hawks, owls, weasels, eagles, bears, coyotes, foxes, and other wild and domestic cats, all share this trait.

Bird language can be used to identify not only the presence of animals in the forest (or any other environment, such as the savannah, desert, or prairie),

But also to be aware of particular traits

  • What type of animal is moving.
  • How far away that animal is.
  • How quickly that animal is moving.
  • Whether that animal is aware of your presence or not.
  • Whether that animal is hunting, or simply passing through.
  • And many more amazing things.

Can you imagine how your experience of nature would change if you had access to all of this information about the local wildlife at your fingertips?

This significant change in your experience

It’s a completely novel method of perceiving events in real time that are normally invisible to the untrained eye or ear in your immediate surroundings.

Although bird language is extremely rare in modern times, the most successful guides and native trackers still use it in some of the wildest places on Earth, including parts of the African continent.

When we consider what this ability means for humans living in a survival scenario surrounded by dangerous predators, the reason for this becomes evident.

5 Steps To Bird Language Mastery

So how can one truly become an expert in the science and art of bird language?

What actions are necessary for you to take in order to monitor these disturbance waves on your own land?

The most crucial thing is to stay grounded in reality and to never stop striving to expand your knowledge.

These are five of the most crucial skills I would teach you if I were to mentor you from the beginning to the end, at all levels.


Can you learn bird language?

With practice, humans can learn to interpret this bird language. One of the best ways to begin learning is to choose an outdoor location where you can observe birds regularly—a quiet spot in your neighborhood.

How do birds learn how do you talk?

The young of some birds learn to communicate vocally by social learning, imitating their parents, as well as the dominant birds of their flock. Lacking vocal cords, birds are thought to make tones and sounds using throat muscles and membranes – the syrinx in particular.

What is the language of the birds called?

In medieval France, the language of the birds (la langue des oiseaux) was a secret language of the Troubadours, connected with the Tarot, allegedly based on puns and symbolism drawn from homophony, e. g. an inn called au lion d’or (“the Golden Lion”) is allegedly “code” for au lit on dort “in the bed one sleeps”.