CLOSED: Police Bird

Somerset, KY(Zone 6b)


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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Northumberland, United Kingdom(Zone 9a)

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


Somerset, KY(Zone 6b)

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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Somerset, KY(Zone 6b)

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?

Somerset, KY(Zone 6b)

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.

(Zone 5a)

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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