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Old 05-11-2013, 12:37 PM
 
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Do most birds wake up at sunrise and go to sleep around midnight?

Apparently not, as I live in Los Angeles, I heard really loud birds around 2am.

Does each bird species tend to have different waking hours?
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Old 05-11-2013, 01:08 PM
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It likely depends on the species. Mockingbirds like to chat at night. It's part of their charm.
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Old 05-11-2013, 06:07 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, LA
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Yes, Mockingbirds do sing at night, loudly! Robins will often start really early, sometimes as early as 4-430am.
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Old 05-11-2013, 06:11 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Niagara Falls ON.
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Birds are just like people when it comes to their sleeping habits.
You have your, "Night hawks".
AND
You have your "morning doves".
LOL
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Old 05-13-2013, 05:09 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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A few birds sing at night and remain active in some way. The great majority do not, and stop doing anything but sleeping through the dark of night, but occasional have nightmares and wake up screaming. My killdeers and mockingbirds sing all night, and the nighthawks mostly at night. In South America, the lapwings are active and noisy all night.

Owls that inhabit the arctic remain awake and hunt in the daytime, too, because up there in summer, there is no night.

American robins are very early risers, and can often be seen walking around or heard singing an hour before any semblance of daylight that humans can perceive. Also thrushes, and robins are members of the thrush family, so that might be typical of the whole genus.

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Old 05-13-2013, 05:24 PM
 
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Some are day birds and some are night birds.
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Old 05-17-2013, 09:08 PM
 
Location: NW Philly Burbs
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In winter time, I would watch a downy woodpecker go in a bird house at dusk -- it was a tall sparrow house on my fence post. I never saw him fly out in the morning, and there was no nest in there. I guess he would use it for shelter from time to time -- but for him, bedtime was around 5pm, in December!
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Old 06-26-2013, 09:22 PM
 
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Yes and no. Birds brain is actually semi separated down the middle. With that, right side of the brain is "sleep" mode while the left side is awake, then they switch. The Great albatrosses will fly over Pacific Ocean from the north to the south back to the north over and over for 5-7 years without landing. With the brain semi separated this give them the ability to stay in flight for an LONG, LONG LONG time without getting tired.
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Old 06-26-2013, 10:28 PM
 
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Different birds keep different hours. Many go to sleep when it gets dark and wake up when it gets light (and it can get light pretty early this time of year). Of course birds like owls and night hunters mostly sleep during the day and hunt at night.
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