Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

BirdNote: Mating For Life

Ganesh Jayaraman

Most bird species in North America mate for a single breeding season. Some may team up again the following year, just because both stay in - or return to - the same territory.

Fewer than one-fifth of Song Sparrow pairs, like these, are reunited. Hawks, eagles, and ravens have wide territories, thus few contacts with the opposite sex. Maintaining a relationship through the winter may assure breeding in the next season.


Why Support KNKX?

You depend on KNKX for trusted, in-depth local news, music by knowledgeable hosts and enlightening NPR programs. We depend on members for more than half of our financial support.

Give Today