Five songbirds to listen to in the Garden in March and April

A naturalist in the Gulbenkian Garden

It is during these days that the gardens are filled with a glorious cacophony of sounds that can fill our hearts with joy. At this time of year, birds sing because they are establishing or defending a territory and attracting or protecting a partner. Most singers are male and their favourite subject is reproduction. 

Learning the sounds of birds is very useful because it’s more likely you’ll hear a bird than see it but it may take a while. It’s almost like learning a new language. 

When you hear a bird singing, stop for a few minutes and listen carefully. You will see that it is possible to distinguish one species from the other by the sound and that it is often complex and wonderful. 

To begin with, here are five spring songs: 

Every month of the year, Wilder magazine suggests the nature not to be missed in the Gulbenkian Garden.

Updated on 26 March 2019