Some birds, such because the Northern Bobwhite, take their names from their songs or vocalizations: “Bobwhite! Bobwhite!” The Killdeer is one other hen named for its track: “Kill-dee, kill-dee, kill-dee.” There are others. “Poorwill, poorwill, poorwill” calls this Frequent Poorwill. This hen is the cousin of the Whip-poor-will, one other hen that calls its personal title.
Birds That Say Their Personal Names
Written by Frances Wooden
That is BirdNote!
[Call of the Common Poorwill]
Ever surprise how birds had been named? Some, such because the Wilson’s Snipe, had been named for folks; others for a distinguishing bodily attribute — just like the Noticed Towhee; and a few for geographic areas, just like the California Quail. In a couple of instances, the hen’s track or vocalization is integrated into its title. Let’s pay attention to a couple birds that decision their names.
[Black-capped Chickadee call]
Do you acknowledge this “chick-a-dee, dee, dee” name? [Repeat call.] That’s the Black-capped Chickadee.
How concerning the “bobwhite?” [Northern Bobwhite call] The Northern Bobwhite. Hear once more. [Repeat call.]
And this hen? [Killdeer call]
The Killdeer is a standard shorebird that always makes use of this alarm name when predators method its nest. [Killdeer call.]
And at last, a hen you would possibly hear within the open, arid areas of the West and Midwest [Common Poorwill call].
It’s the Frequent Poorwill, a nocturnal hunter of bugs. The simplest option to find this species is to pay attention for its name. [Common Poorwill call.]
To pay attention to those calls extra carefully, start at our web site, BirdNote.org. I’m Mary McCann.
Calls of the birds supplied by The Macaulay Library of Pure Sounds on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York. Black-capped Chickadee recorded by R.S. Little; Killdeer and Frequent Poorwill by G.A. Keller; Bobwhite by P.P. Kellogg.
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© 2014 Tune In to Nature.org July 2016/2020 / June 2022 Narrator: Mary McCann