Why do roosters crow

Before we discuss the reasons behind the crow of a rooster, it must at first be understood that the crowing of a rooster during day break is the same as the chirping of any other bird during daybreak. The crow of a rooster is proposed by many to be a result of increased levels of testosterone, especially during the early hours of the morning. Apart from testosterone, other hormones might also be responsible for the activity. Crowing by a rooster is also a way to declare its dominance over the territory. Roosters are territorial birds that act as the protectors of the group and they fiercely fight intruders to retain dominance over their area. A question may be asked as to why would they not crow at night then? The answer to that question is the fact that roosters are diurnal birds and thus they start with a warning right from the break of dawn.

A common mistake that most of us makes is that we tend to think that the rooster only crows at dawn. This is a wrong conclusion actually because rooster or cocks crow throughout the day, but they do start with the first rays of the sun. As it is usually quiet at dawn, the rooster’s crow is often the first loud sound that we hear in our sleep or soon after waking up. Rosters continue crowing throughout the rest of the day as well, but it does not seem just as sharp as the morning crow.

All animals and birds have a body clock that regulates a lot of their actions and the rooster is no different. The rooster starts to crow with sunrise, but sometimes, they start to crow even before that. A cock that crows before sunrise might have its body clock messed up due to some reason. On rare occasions, roosters may also start crowing during the night. Such an incident may indicate the presence of some sort of threat to its own self and its flock and should be checked out by the owner.