The Corn Crake is a migratory species of rail that breeds across temperate parts of Eurasia and winters in southern Africa. When they return to their breeding grounds in the spring, male Corn Crakes call out to establish territory and to attract a mate. The call sounds like this:
This may not be the most melodious song, but it is remarkable due to the fact that it can be heard from up to a mile away and repeated more than 20,000 times a night! That’s a lot of sound coming from an 11-inch tall bird.
The Corn Crake (also known as Corncrake) was added to Birdorable on August 21, 2012. If you love these little loudmouths — er, loudbeaks — be sure to check out our collection of cute Corn Crake t-shirts and gifts!