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    This morning I heard a vocalization that started out sounding like a juvenile crow, but ended sounding like a child laughing. Any clue what it could've been? I live in West Virginia and I just finished listening to over 100 Crow and Raven vocalizations online, without finding a match


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    A kookaburra song? Someone has one for an exotic pet? Is there a zoo nearby?



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    Quote Originally Posted by pyoko View Post
    A kookaburra song? Someone has one for an exotic pet? Is there a zoo nearby?



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    That's not an exact match. The end literally sounded like a small child laughing
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    Did you see the second link? Because these birds have lots of different songs, all ending/ starting differently.

    They say the Hadeda Ibis sounds like laughter sometimes:





    Are you near a golf course or a pond?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pyoko View Post
    Did you see the second link? Because these birds have lots of different songs, all ending/ starting differently.

    They say the Hadeda Ibis sounds like laughter sometimes:





    Are you near a golf course or a pond?

    According to Wikipedia, this Ibis isn't found anywhere in North America and the only zoo within 2 hours of where I live, doesn't have any birds. It's a small zoo
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    I Live in the Scottish Hihlands and one day a peacock turned up on our driveway. It stayed for a day or two, turning our cat neurotic. There is no zoo or bird sanctuary within one hundred and fifty miles. And the peacock is not a native bird of Scotland. Strange things happen, it is - paradoxically - quite normal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WVBIG View Post
    This morning I heard a vocalization that started out sounding like a juvenile crow, but ended sounding like a child laughing. Any clue what it could've been? I live in West Virginia and I just finished listening to over 100 Crow and Raven vocalizations online, without finding a match
    Catbirds can mimic a lot of sounds, maybe even a child's laugh.

    I never had much luck trying to identify birds by calls posted on the internet. There was one call I couldn't figure out, then I got a look at the bird and it was just a cardinal. It didn't sound like any cardinal recordings I could find. I think there might be regional dialects.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Harold14370 View Post
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    This morning I heard a vocalization that started out sounding like a juvenile crow, but ended sounding like a child laughing. Any clue what it could've been? I live in West Virginia and I just finished listening to over 100 Crow and Raven vocalizations online, without finding a match
    Catbirds can mimic a lot of sounds, maybe even a child's laugh.

    I never had much luck trying to identify birds by calls posted on the internet. There was one call I couldn't figure out, then I got a look at the bird and it was just a cardinal. It didn't sound like any cardinal recordings I could find. I think there might be regional dialects.
    Have you tried FindSounds - Search the Web for Sounds ? I'll check Catbird vocalizations. Thanks
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    I just checked FindSounds - Search the Web for Sounds and didn't find any matches there in Catbird vocalizations. I did however, hear a vocalization I've heard frequently, but didn't know it was from a Catbird
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    Catbirds, and mockingbirds too, will imitate sounds that they have heard. So, even if you don't find that particular call, it could still be a catbird or mockingbird that heard and imitated the sound.
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    I've never heard of two imitations run together though. A Crow & a child's laugh. That's why I first listened to Crow vocalizations
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    Crows are pretty good mimics too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Harold14370 View Post
    Crows are pretty good mimics too.
    Is there scientific proof that Crows make some of the other vocalizations? I mean like video of them mimicking other sounds
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    Quote Originally Posted by WVBIG View Post
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    Crows are pretty good mimics too.
    Is there scientific proof that Crows make some of the other vocalizations? I mean like video of them mimicking other sounds
    Scientific proof? I don't know, but if you google it, you will find info that crows imitate human sounds.
    Birds That Mimic Human Speech in North America | eHow.com
    I remember when I was a kid, somebody in the neighborhood had caught a young crow. They made sort of a pet of it, though it still roamed free. It did imitate human sounds.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Harold14370 View Post
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    Crows are pretty good mimics too.
    Is there scientific proof that Crows make some of the other vocalizations? I mean like video of them mimicking other sounds
    Scientific proof? I don't know, but if you google it, you will find info that crows imitate human sounds.
    Birds That Mimic Human Speech in North America | eHow.com
    I remember when I was a kid, somebody in the neighborhood had caught a young crow. They made sort of a pet of it, though it still roamed free. It did imitate human sounds.
    Ok. Thank you
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    Crows and ravens as pets have been taught to speak human words like parrots.

    Could it have been some sort of gull?

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    Not a crow, but along the same lines are these birds, the bluejay is native to your area and noted for mimicking numerous other sounds.



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    I would guess that you heard a mocking bird. It is native to your area and will immitate, "mock", any sound it hears. I know of one that immitated the squeak of a clothsline reel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sealeaf View Post
    I would guess that you heard a mocking bird. It is native to your area and will immitate, "mock", any sound it hears. I know of one that immitated the squeak of a clothsline reel.
    According to the map on Wikipedia, their territory doesn't extend as far south as West Virginia, but the three trees it mentions that they prefer, are common here
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    Mockingbirds are one of the typical birds of the American deep south. In recent years their range has increased. I have them in my yard in southern New Hampshire.

    This is the range map I found through wikipedia
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