Apr 04 2013

This Is A Test

Published by at 7:30 am under Quiz,Vocalizations

This is a test.  For the next two minutes this video will test your ability to identify birds by sound.  This is only a test.

Well, actually it’s a video of mockingbirds singing. Whose songs and calls are they imitating?

Use this quiz to get your ears in shape for birding by ear this spring.  At minimum you’ll remember the mockingbirds’ three-repeat song.

This is only a test.  If there had been an actual blue jay in the video you would have seen him.

(video by grcapro on YouTube)

5 responses so far

5 Responses to “This Is A Test”

  1. Art from Hershey PAon 05 Apr 2013 at 12:01 pm

    Boy I am a bit rusty from winter. I couldn’t identify all the calls, but I did hear clearly bluejay, phoebe, robin, grackle and tufted titmouse.

    Gotta love those mockers! :-)

  2. Kate St. Johnon 05 Apr 2013 at 12:54 pm

    Did he sing Carolina wren? Or did he make the wren’s warning chatter? Can’t be sure…

  3. Susanon 05 Apr 2013 at 4:40 pm

    Kate, I loved the video! It amazes me how the mockingbird can mimic all those birds’ songs! I believe I also heard a cardinal, and sparrow’s chatter. :-)

  4. David Son 20 Apr 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Your readers who are under a certain age (I’d guess that the cutoff is ~50) will have no idea that you are making a joke about the original “this is only a test” of the National Emergency Broadcasting System, or something close to that.

    That disclaimer took me back to my misspent Saturday mornings watching educational TV, such as 3 Stooges, and WB cartoons.

  5. Kate St. Johnon 20 Apr 2013 at 1:26 pm

    The emergency test certainly made am impression though, didn’t it?

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