BirdNoir – That Raptor’s an Impostor!
Written by Ariana Remmel
That is BirdNoir. I’m Michael Stein, Non-public Eye.
My buddy Frank’s my eyes and ears within the neighborhood. He is aware of everybody and their enterprise. He known as me the opposite day to report some suspicious conduct.
Frank: [on the phone] Michael, some hen is making an attempt to drag the wool over my eyes! I maintain listening to a Purple-shouldered Hawk within the shrubs exterior my window. However there ain’t no hawk in sight!
[Blue Jay hawk mimic call, ML 227078211, 0:03-0:06]
Frank: You hear that? Who does this raptor imposter assume he’s?
Frankie, you understand them hawks are normally perched up excessive or hovering round on the lookout for prey. So I’ll wager my backside greenback that you simply’re coping with a mimic! Are you able to see any indicators of a Northern Mockingbird? Grey physique with placing black and white marks on its wings and tail?
[Northern Mockingbird, ML 50223, 0:05-0:07]
Frank: [like he’s looking for the bird] Ehhh… no cube.
Perhaps a Brown Thrasher, a robin-sized hen with brown streaks on its breast and a protracted invoice?
[Brown Thrasher, ML 94280, 0:28-0:30]
Frank: That’s one other swing and a miss!
Effectively Frankie, what birds do you see?
Frank: [on the phone] Simply the usuals. Some robins, a few sparrows. A kind of chatty Blue Jays—
[Cutting Frank off] That’s our wrongdoer, Frankie! Although they don’t have the identical status for mimicry as mockingbirds and thrashers, Blue Jays have an unnerving behavior of impersonating raptors, particularly Purple-shouldered Hawks.
[Blue Jay hawk mimic call, ML 227078211, 0:15-0:18]
Frank: Wow! Who’d a thunk?!
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Bird sounds offered by The Macaulay Library of Pure Sounds on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York. Blue Jay ML 227078211 recorded by W. Hershberger, Northern Mockingbird ML 50223 recorded by G. Keller, and Brown Thrasher ML 50223 recorded by W. Hershberger.
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