The common nightingale is an amazing singing bird, having the most complex and melodically pleasant bird song, which consists of up to 250 sound combinations. Nightingale chicks reproduce the sounds heard from their father. The richer father’s repertoire, the more complex the singing of the grown birds will be. Because nightingales learn singing form each other, the complexity of songs has geographic differences. One of the richest repertoires have nightingales inhabiting the vicinity of St. Petersburg.
The purpose of the nightingale song is the most practical. The whirling trills are produced only by males to attract the female during which the lady of the heart sits nearby carefully listening for the concert. The more the virtuoso feathery singer tries, the more chances he has to make an alliance with the female he likes. During the performance, the nightingale is so carried away that he becomes completely immersed in the world of singing, that sometimes it can be approached and petted. There is a romantic notion that the singing bird only arranges concerts for her beloved at night. But that’s not true. Singing, which begins a few days after returning from wintering, takes place during the day, but the most intense singing can be heard until about 8 am and the beginning of sunset.
The most talented singer in the world of birds continues to perform after the girlfriend sits down to breed: this is how he encourages the female. The songs only stop after the chicks have hatched, which happens around mid-June.