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Listen outside in any season, at almost any time of day, and you'll hear them: songbirds. Although most birds make some kind of noise, songbirds put on a particularly brilliant show, using their voices to produce pleasing whistles, chirps, and melodies to challenge one another, attract a mate, or communicate with other members of their species. Bird songs between species are so unique that birdwatchers can identify species just by the song they're singing.


Although many pet songbirds enjoy having a mirror in their cage to interact with, canaries can become overly obsessed with their own reflection. They will spend an enormous amount of time looking at themselves in the mirror, often forgetting to do other things like play, eat, or drink.

 

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