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Bird Identification: CLOSED: Police Bird

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White Lily, KY
(Zone 6a)

June 18, 2012
4:48 PM

Post #9170619


What kind of bird is this? It is common in Somerset, KY and I call it a police bird because to my it's call sounds like a police siren.

It's not a good picture. It's on the branch in the pine tree in Big South Fork National Recreation Area.


Best Regards,

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United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

June 19, 2012
3:29 AM

Post #9171157

Sorry, the pic's not good enough to tell!

White Lily, KY
(Zone 6a)

June 19, 2012
3:16 PM

Post #9171888

OK, so I've set the original and copy the bird out of it. It's still difficult to see.

It' looks like a sparrow type but is a bit too big...

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White Lily, KY
(Zone 6a)

June 19, 2012
3:22 PM

Post #9171890

I just recognized it and I'm a bit surprised. Every other time I've seen a cardinal sing it's been a male cardinal and not this song.

This is a female cardinal. And cardinals sing this 'police siren' pretty frequently around Kentucky. I am used to hearing the song cardinals (male) that I've seen singing say 'pretty, pretty, pretty'.

I am used to seeing female cardinals closer up and with more of an olive green complexion.

Does anybody else agree that this is a female cardinal? Do they have a seperate song from the males?
White Lily, KY
(Zone 6a)

June 19, 2012
3:56 PM

Post #9171920

It's a cardinal.

I just listened to this video on YouTube and the second bird to respond to the cardinal in this picture is the 'police siren' song I was talking about.

I didn't know cardinals had such this many variant songs / chats.


Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

June 20, 2012
6:06 AM

Post #9172549

The other day I read that Cardinals have about 16 different calls. Their songs and calls have been a little varied this year, so we've been thrown off a time or two.

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