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Okay, birds say funny things everywhere ("who cooks for you" and "poor Will! Poor Will!" I can think of in my own language) but today there are two birds outside my window and they are saying the following, at the top of their little birdie lungs (in English, btw- I hear birds say other things in other languages but these two stand out for the English):

"Kill the Bieber! Kill the Bieber!" (cheery, cheery, like telling us it would really be a good idea)
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"I hate YouTube. I hate YouTube." (stress is evenly divided, very strictly enunciated, with a downward inflected tone of disdain in the last syllable and a very British Tyube. Maybe the bird is a royal hanger-on. I can't tell if it is wearing a hat.)

I am supposed to go to the eye doctor tonight but I am thinking maybe a therapy visit might be more appropriate.

Do birds say funny things to you, or is it just me?

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When I was a kid, the old man next door taught me to recognise a woodpigeon by it saying "My toe hurts, Betty. My toe hurts, Betty. My toe hurts, Betty - oh!". And they do!

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that is awesome!! (-oh! i think that is the best part)

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Ruby Rose wrote:
When I was a kid, the old man next door taught me to recognise a woodpigeon by it saying "My toe hurts, Betty. My toe hurts, Betty. My toe hurts, Betty - oh!". And they do!


I will never hear a wood pigeon in the same way again.

We get at least two species of gull here, and this summer we heard one repeatedly saying "Ow! Ow!" and a different one going "HAhahahaha!"

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now that is a name I haven't heard in a while!!!

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Bobwhite quail sound like they're saying "Bob White!" My grandmother taught me this rhyme - "Bob White! Are your peas alright? Not quite! Come back tomorrow night!"



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Ruby Rose wrote:
When I was a kid, the old man next door taught me to recognise a woodpigeon by it saying "My toe hurts, Betty. My toe hurts, Betty. My toe hurts, Betty - oh!". And they do!

No! Woodpigeons say: "Tak' TWO coos Taffy; tak' TWO coos."
(as in "Take two cows.")


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Fleurdenoir wrote:
Bobwhite quail sound like they're saying "Bob White!" My grandmother taught me this rhyme - "Bob White! Are your peas alright? Not quite! Come back tomorrow night!"



To me it sounds like the bird's saying, "Go a-WAY"


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it sounds like a go away to me too!! (the cockatiel really liked it though)

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Pretty sure our birds are cussing out the squirrels who take all the food from the squirrel proof feeders.

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At first I thought torque had escaped parrots or something in her backyard and they were actually saying those things. I am very sad this was not the case.


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I spent my breaks yesterday trying desperately to find recordings of these birds and i can't find anything like them. It really, really sounds like this is what they're saying. And I can't see what they are so I can't search by their name. I will have to record them next time they're loud.
(the parrots that we get are parrot-lets, and they just squawk and chirrup, nothing you could construe as words)

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Interesting thread, I turn sounds into words all the time - but never bird calls for some reason. Washing machines or the refrigerator though? yeah.

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My refrigerator makes chicken sounds!! Brrraaaaaaaaaaak! sometimes it seems really, really distressed.

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ScooterDiva wrote:
To me it sounds like the bird's saying, "Go a-WAY"

torque wrote:
it sounds like a go away to me too!!

there's actually a go-away bird!




although sometimes it sounds like they're saying "what?"


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Bird And Moon has a useful guide to what birds say in both the eastern and western US states.

the cardinals that we get around my parents' house in NJ have one vocalization that sounds like "BIR-dy, BIR-dy, birdy pretty pretty prettyprettypretty!" (i tried finding a recording of it, but it looks like their songs vary so much that i couldn't easily find a match.)
and the Carolina wrens tend to say "chir-pi-TY chir-pi-TY chir-pi-TY CHIRP."

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we get those cardinals. i'll try to record it next time i hear them.

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i could envision the cardinal as soon as you said it too!

one of the most ubiquitous birds in brazil is called the bem-te-vi, which translates as "good to see you" but it really is like "OMFG GOOD TO SEE YOU!!!!!!!" because the bird usually sounds like it took a huge breath and is screaming it.

and it just gets better- in English this bird is called the Great Kiskadee.

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huh! maybe it's a regional dialect local to NJ. the cardinal recordings i found were either from Ontario or the southeastern US (Florida, Georgia, North Carolina) and the songs all sounded unfamiliar to my ear.

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i always thought they learned it from car alarms. :-)

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