What we do What is a songbird? What is a songbird? Songbirds are perching birds. They belong to a group known as passerines Nearly half of the world’s birds are in this group These birds have specially adapted feet with three toes facing forward and one toe facing backwards. This allows them to grip onto a perch. Songbirds can be seen in your garden, in parks, woodlands and on farmland. If you feed the birds at home, most of the birds that visit your feeder will be songbirds. Songbirds have a highly developed voice box which allows them to sing beautiful and complex songs. Their songs can be heard most clearly early in the morning, and this is called the dawn chorus.