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Old Tuesday 6th May 2008, 18:01   #1
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Midwest Bird Identification

Hello everyone!

I'm new to this forum and was hoping someone can help me identify a bird typical to the Midwestern part of the USA.

I have yet to see what this bird looks like, yet I've heard this bird all my life.
As a kid, my mom used to call it a "T-bird" or "P-bird" and it's call or song sounds as if it is calling out it's own name. It sings out just a slow 2-note whistle or call where the second note seems to be an octave lower than the first.

I occasionally hear this bird in the city, but seems to be more apparent out in the country.

Does anyone have a clue as to what this bird might be?
I've searched the internet with no luck.

Thank you for your help
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Old Tuesday 6th May 2008, 23:10   #2
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Hi Biscuits, and welcome to Birdforum!

Have you considered Eastern Phoebe? There is a link to the sound of this bird here:

http://www.birds.cornell.edu/AllAbou...hoebe_dtl.html

It calls its own name, has a two-part song, and begins with a P!
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Old Wednesday 7th May 2008, 00:31   #3
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I was thinking of cardinal.
http://animalbehaviorarchive.org/ass...ection=summary

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Black-capped Chickadee?
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Old Wednesday 7th May 2008, 15:17   #5
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Do you hear it at night, or during the day?
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Old Wednesday 7th May 2008, 17:50   #6
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Thanks everyone for the replies


I checked out the sound clip of the Eastern Phoebe.
It appears that the Eastern Phoebe's call is much faster or shorter in duration and a little raspier than what I've been hearing. Unless it sings multiple versions of it's call.

I'm thinking about 3 seconds for the 2 note call I'm hearing


I'm sure it's not a Cardinal.

I hear this bird during the daylight hours
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Old Wednesday 7th May 2008, 17:58   #7
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Thanks "power2thepeaceful17" I think we have a winner

The Black-capped Chickadee's call is a lower and slower chick-a-dee-dee-dee, which functions as a contact call, one that serves to keep the winter flock together when birds cannot see one another.

I believe I found my answer in a sound clip of the following:

The song is a clear fee-bee, with a loud version given during territory skirmishes and a soft version given during mate feeding.
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Thanks "power2thepeaceful17" I think we have a winner

The Black-capped Chickadee's call is a lower and slower chick-a-dee-dee-dee, which functions as a contact call, one that serves to keep the winter flock together when birds cannot see one another.

I believe I found my answer in a sound clip of the following:

The song is a clear fee-bee, with a loud version given during territory skirmishes and a soft version given during mate feeding.
Nice - yeah, BCCH song, not call. As I said in another thread I find a good way of differentiating the BCCH mnemonic device from an actual "fee-BEE" (Eastern Phoebe) is pretending the BCCHs are saying CHEEEEESE-bur-ger (if you listen closely the second note is split into two).
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Nice - yeah, BCCH song, not call. As I said in another thread I find a good way of differentiating the BCCH mnemonic device from an actual "fee-BEE" (Eastern Phoebe) is pretending the BCCHs are saying CHEEEEESE-bur-ger (if you listen closely the second note is split into two).
Wait a minute. I use "chee-bur-ger, chee-bur-ger, chee-bur-ger" for Carolina wren (Think Belushi on Saturday Night Live)
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