9 Birds That Sing at Night

Northern Mockingbird

Northern mockingbirds (Mimus polyglottos) sing like a chorus at night. The medium-sized songbird mimics jays, orioles, hawks, and even frogs, squeaky doors, and vehicle alarms.

Common Nightingale

Nightingales (Luscinia megarhynchos) sing flute-like melodies with rich notes. The species breeds throughout North Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia from April to July, then winters in tropical Africa.

Eastern Whip-Poor-Will

After hearing the eastern whip-poor-will's (Antrostomus vociferus) lyrical song in a forest, it's little surprise this bird is a summer night mascot in music, movies, and literature.

Great Potoo

A deep, guttural moan, like an agitated cat, breaks the night in tropical woods from Southeastern Mexico to Bolivia. The great potoo (Nyctibius grandis), one of seven nocturnal insect-eaters from the neotropics, makes this cry.

European Robin

European robins (Erithacus rubecula) sing year-round in their territories. Though not nocturnal, they are well-adapted to twilight and are the first birds to sing at sunrise and the last after sunset.

Great Reed Warbler

The RSPB says several Acrocephalus species "sing extensively during the night" during breeding season. These little, insect-eating songbirds inhabit in Western Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania, and Hawaii and Kiribati.

Black-Crowned Night Heron

Herons hunt tiny aquatic creatures near wetlands and water sources on all continents except Antarctica. At least 65 species are known, some of which can hunt after dark. Night herons, a diversified, international group of birds.

Eurasian Nightjar

The Eurasian nightjar (Caprimulgus europaeus Linnaeus) is a summer nighttime staple across Europe, North Africa, and Asia. It sings and eats insects with its large mouth, typically at dusk and morning but occasionally overnight.

Black Rail

The little black rail (Laterallus jamaicensis) dwells in coastal marshes in California, the Gulf Coast, the Caribbean, and Chile. It is about the size of a mouse. Secretive and seldom seen, it makes a piping ki-ki-doo sound at night.