The most steampunk of birds!

What are the loudest noises on the farm? Well, in winter the occasional cow lowing and the daily tractor excursions punctured the relative quiet. But in spring, the farm is full of constant noise! My favorite noise so far is definitely the barnswallows that dip and dive all over the farm – harassing cats (or unsuspecting people) if they get too close to their nests.

Their songs sound like clockwork – chirpy with an almost mechanical whirring noise, and puts me in mind of a steampunk bird, part gears part feathers. And I’m not the only one! According to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology:

“Both male and female Barn Swallows sing a “twitter-warble” song during courtship and egg-laying, with a long series of continuous warbling sounds followed by up to a dozen rapid, mechanical-sounding whirrs”

Take a listen to their song and find out more about these beautiful birds! Do you imagine a mechanical bird as well? (photo courtesy of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology)

Male

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