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My Media Bin: Birds Got Swing

gravatar Mya Thompson

Bird songs to imitate and marvel at from our Birds Got Swing video collaboration with Maria Schneider and Theo Bleckmann. http://biology.allaboutbirds.org/birds-got-swing-a-musical-experiment/

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Gavia immer -- Common Loon; 30 May 1992; United States, New York; ;
 
The duets of the Common Loon are particularly beautiful and remind Maria of her Minnesota home.
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Zenaida macroura -- Mourning Dove; 6 Jun 1960; United States, California; song;
 
Mourning Doves sing at pitches close to the human range so are relatively easy to imitate. Give it a try.
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Cyphorhinus arada arada -- Musician Wren (Musician); 5 May 1961; Venezuela, Bolívar; song;
 
Theo toys with the Musician Wren's song at the start of the video. It's one of the world's most musical birds, listen and you'll hear why.
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Zonotrichia albicollis -- White-throated Sparrow; 8 May 1958; Canada, Ontario; song;
 
Maria loves this bird because of the swinging rhythm of its song. Can you hear it, and swing along?
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Botaurus lentiginosus -- American Bittern; 22 May 1991; United States, New York; advertise; ; call; ; mechanical sound;
 
Maria challenged Theo to try the American Bittern's "pump-er-lunk" song because it reminds her of a toilet plunger. He nailed it, can you?
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Nyctibius griseus -- Common Potoo; 6 Jun 1963; Venezuela, Guárico; ;
 
Theo masterfully imitated the haunting voice of the Common Potoo. Try it yourself.