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Birds Chirping At Night: Reasons, Meanings, and 3 Examples

It is pretty unusual to hear birds chirping in the middle of the night, the reason for which, over time, all around the world, all sorts of stories and beliefs have formed around this unusual yet beautiful night habit of some birds.

The truth is that birds have been chirping in the night’s darkness since always and proof of that are precisely the meanings and beliefs assigned to their nocturnal singing.

In this article, we will discover the real reasons why some birds might be singing out of their natural time range, the spiritual meaning, beliefs, and superstitions that formed around the phenomenon, and a few examples of birds that enchant the night with their thrill.

Why Birds Chirp At Night?

We would be tempted to say that hearing birds chirping at night is usual since nocturnal birds are as many as diurnal ones.

But the night birds, such as owls, for example, do not exactly chirp, do they?

Night birds’ singing is more of a hooting, a screech, while the diurnal birds have the melodious chirping we are all so appreciating.

Well, maybe we don’t appreciate it that much in the late hours of the night, but at least let’s try to understand what’s going on with the poor diurnal birds when they switch from sleeping to singing in the middle of the night.

Natural Birds’ Time Range

Some birds species are active during the night, and hearing them chirping at late hours is not precisely that unusual.

The reasons for which the nocturnal birds could chirp at night could vary depending on the birds’ habits and needs.

It could be territorial claiming, food-related, breeding season, fight songs, love songs, hatchlings songs, etc.


The birds’ inner clock, just like the other animals’, functions after the day/night cycle, so birds living in the cities parks or other human habitats where the light could turn on at night could affect the birds’ sleep and get them awake and singing.

Continuous streetlights (light pollution), for example, could trick some birds into believing it is dusk light and makes them remain active and sing in moments of the night when they should usually be sleeping.

Noises And Motion

Another two factors that could interrupt birds’ sleep are the loud noises or the movement of the surroundings or three.

Like any other animal, birds will wake up and call the alarm if deafening noises awaken them or their home tree is shaken.

Birds would interrupt their rest and start chirping if they were woken up by intense noises like bombs, thunder, gunshots, and fireworks or during an earthquake.


A wide variety of predators and dangers are lurking in the darkness, and birds chirping at late night hours could be due to the presence of a predator nearby or even a potential attack.

In such a situation, the birds chirp at night to warn the other birds about the danger or ward off the predator.


Although limited only to the months of spring and fall, some migratory birds will break the silence of the night with their distinguished chirping.

The migratory birds fly primarily at night, using the stars’ position to travel, and the chirping they make during this process is called “flight calls”.

The flight calls have the role of helping the birds to keep safe and close to the flock when passing over new territories.


Not all the birds that chirp at night are adult or traveling birds, though, but sometimes the baby birds are the chirping ones.

The nestlings could simply practice their singing, imitating their parents’ songs and chirps, learning the form of communication.

Another reason the baby birds would be noisy and chirping in the nighttime would be simply because they have needs, like all other babies: hunger, discomfort, fear, cold, etc.[1]

Are Birds Chirping At Night An Omen?

As I said in the beginning, many meanings and beliefs have been assigned to birds chirping at late hours in the night.

Starting from the perception that the bird’s singing is a gift from divinity for humanity, hearing daytime birds singing in the nighttime has been taken as hidden messages from divinity.

It is believed that, because of the daytime noise, some messages from the higher realms can not reach their earthly consignee.

Therefore, to assure the messages pass through, they sent in more silent moments, and in a way, hard to be ignored: a daytime bird singing in the silence of the night.

What messages and meaning do day birds singing at night carries depends on the night’s hour when one hears the birds’ songs.

Next, let’s see what birds chirping at night could signify, depending on the hour when the bird is singing.

Birds Chirping At One O’Clock

The so-called “first call” in the spiritual world is hearing a bird chirping at one o’clock in the morning, and it’s the equivalent of a missed call: the Universe wants to get one’s attention as something is about to happen in their life.

During the first call, one should be paying attention to as many details around them as possible: where they are, with who, in what they invest most of their energy at the time, what plans they have, and so on.

All these details could reveal what the Universe needs to transmit related to the coming changes; the first call is meant to wake one up and make them pay attention to signs and what’s coming ahead of them.

Watching from another angle, hearing birds chirping at one o’clock in the morning could signify that the listener is protected in their sleep; it is said for the protective effect to last the entire following day.

Birds Chirping At Two O’Clock

If the first call was more of a missed call, to get your attention, hearing a bird chirping at two o’clock in the morning, the so-called “second call” has more the energy of that call you get from your mother after you have been ignoring her messages for a week:

No matter what bird sings it, its reason, or how beautiful it chirps, the message is that one has been ignorant of the spiritual signs they have been given lately.

When people tend to become deaf and blind to the Univers’ signs, they expose themselves to adverse situations, stagnation, misleading, and so on.

All these have as a final result the stagnation of one’s evolution, so the Universe wakes them with a (probably) annoying chirping at two o’clock in the morning to make them more aware of the other signs around them.

Birds Chirping At Tree O’Clock

The witchy hour, the darkest of them all, the hour when all hexes, evils, charms, and curses are done, well, you got the point.

It is not a good sign, and neither are the messages it carries: if one hears birds chirping at three o’clock in the morning, the spiritual teachings say it’s a warning of someone close to the listener being in danger or assailed.

It would be wise to check with the loved ones as soon as possible after hearing a bird chirping at three o’clock in the morning, just to make sure everyone is ok.

Due to the hour’s high energetical charge, hearing a bird chirping at three in the morning could signify the possibility of communication with a passed away loved one (where is the case), for the veil between realms is thinner.

Other Meanings Of Birds Chirping At Night

As I said earlier, better accuracy of what the Universe is trying to transmit can be found if we analyze the circumstances in which the messages are sent and received:

Talent And Success

If one has trouble reaching success, it could be due to their focus outside their innate talents and skills.

A chatty bird outside their window signifies that the listener should turn towards themselves and, just like birds, “fly with the wings” they were born with.

The message meant to get to the listener in such a situation is to start investing time and working at their native gifts and talents to succeed.


According to the beliefs, the deceased ones could take the form of birds to announce their passing away to the loved ones that are not close to them physically.

So, sadly, if one awakens up by birds when someone close to them has their health challenged or is old, the news is not good.

Even more, the birds chirping at night could mean the passing away of someone close if, along with the life circumstances from the examples above, the chirping occurs around three o’clock in the morning.


If one is so caught in their day-by-day life’s buzzing that the Universe must wake them in the middle of the night to transmit them a message, most likely, that person feels trapped.

In this kind of situation, the annoying chirping that won’t let one sleep is precisely the symbol of what they crave: freedom.

So, instead of getting annoyed, jealous, and throwing with the pillow out the window to the chirping birds, feeling even more caged, one should use the night’s silence and the bird song’s magic to reflect on what causes the blockage.

The blockages that hold one in place are only in their mind, and the birds chirping, keeping one awake is the Universe’s way to transmit that the listener has the power to be just as free as the birds that keep them awake are.

Let Go Of Pain

If one has been suffering a lot lately, for any reason, starting to hear birds chirping nearby in the middle of the night could signify an urge from the Universe to let the pain go.

The messages sent by the Universe through the birds chirping at night is that no matter who wronged them or how forgiving and overcoming the pain is necessary to evolve and be successful.

Since birds symbolize love, if one lies in pain and suffering, they are more likely to be disturbed for many nights until they receive the message and start working on detaching themselves from sorrow.

Sign Of Evolution

It is normal to have periods of stagnation now and then, rest periods, or simply a break from time to time.

Still, when one has remained at the same level for a too long period, the appearance of birds chirping at night is very likely to symbolize the necessity of a new step forward.

When someone feels stuck, they most probably are, and noticing birds chirping at night signifies an urge to overcome the fear of the unknown and move to the next, higher level with faith.[2]

Examples Of Birds Chirping At Night


The (northern) mockingbird is a nocturnal bird that takes great joy in singing its songs, as much as learning and mimicking other birds’ songs.

The mockingbird male can learn up to two hundred songs during a lifetime and will take great pride to impress the other birds with their singing skills.

Hermit Thrush

Hermit Thrush

Credit: @jchubeair

The hermit thrush is a migratory bird which’s whistles and chirps can be heard late in the evening or very early dawn.

The songs and chirping of hermit thrush extend until late night in the spring and fall, during the migration.

European Robin

The normally diurnal robin is one of the most affected birds by urbanization, sound, and light pollution.

Not only do the urban lights keep the robin awake and singing at night, but so does the daytime noise pollution that forced the bird to sing at night when it’s quieter.[3]

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Penny Hough

Thursday 12th of May 2022

I have maNY sparrows living with In a huge Rhododendrun flower bush. 2 nights now these birds started singing..first night at 2:30AM. And tonight at 1:30AM they started all over. I'm not use to ever hearing them this late at night. Could they be disturbed by the city lights? Here they go again!. I love them, but worried for their well being . just wondered if they will be ok!? Thank you, Penny


Tuesday 26th of April 2022

Excellent art article. Such spiritual beings.I learned a great deal.