Who needs an alarm clock when there are birds in the neighborhood? The pre-dawn chorus of chirps, squawks, hoots and calls cause the same type of sounds to resonate from our sleepy voice box as we shriek back – for quiet!
If you’ve ever rolled over and covered your head with your pillow trying to catch a few extra Z’s, you’re not alone. Scientists tell us that birds chirp to communicate, and you can blame that initial morning song on the males, who sing to announce that they are alive, alert and ready to defend their territory. Apparently, the earlier they make that announcement, the better. Also, apparently their manly bird song is super-attractive to potential mates.
It might be annoying, but we should all just be thankful that human males do not perform the same ritual. Oh wait…they do, and for the same reasons.
Racing car engines at the stoplight is a way of establishing a territorial ‘pecking’ order of who goes first when the light turns green. The sonic boom of a supercharged car stereo (that can be felt coming from a mile away) is actually a territorial technique to establish a buffer between other predators at the gas pumps. We have all heard the far off call of a motorcycle changing gears or the primal rumble of chopper exhaust – irresistible to potential mates. Nothing says, “I’ve got a mouthful of bugs” quite like it. What cute little Chick-A-Dee wouldn’t want to party with that Alpha male? Alas — as the dawn continues to come earlier and earlier each morning, so does niggling male activity. Human peacocks like to strut their stuff too.