The words of birds

I recently purchased a copy of A Guide To The Birds of Puerto Rico And The Virgin Islands at Rodgers Book Barn.

A Guide To The Birds of Puerto Rico And The Virgin Islands

I particularly enjoyed its onomatopoetic descriptions of bird noises. Here’s a random list of my favorites:

  • A raspy crick-et (White-tailed Tropicbird)
  • A hoarse kak (Brown Booby)
  • A gutteral ga-ga-ga-ga (Red-Footed Booby)
  • A peculiar oong-ka-chunk! (American Bittern)
  • A raspy, insect-like kay-ti-dad (Gull-Billed Tern)
  • Plantive, liquid, twittering notes (Audobon’s Shearwater)
  • A raspy ke-aaar that fades away (Red-tail hawk)
  • A high-pitched killi-killi-killi (American Kestrel)
  • A short, emphatic bow-wow (Short-eared Owl)
  • A throaty ka-ka-ka-ka-ka-ka-ka-ka-ka-kaw-kow, kow, kow, kow (Yellow-billed Cuckoo)
  • A very loud and conspicuous squawky whistle a-leep (Smooth-billed Ani)
  • A varied assortment of gentle cooing notes (Rock Dove)
  • A deep, deliberate whoo (Plain Pigeon)
  • A raucous squawk (Brown-throated Parakeet)
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