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Strange bird (?) call - W. France (1 Viewer)


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Does anybody have an idea of which bird could call like that (if it is a bird!)?
Nantes, western France, 23.07.2021 ~01:15 am
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Alexander Stöhr

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Hello Rotmilan,
the recording reminded my of Stone Curlews. Their calls can come in a surprising variety (surely because I lack experience with variation), but the quality, including the time it was recorded seems a good fit imo.

The most similar call, that came into my mind is a Black Kite, but:
  • I dont know, if they are calling in the night. Although they call often when coming to evening roosts and at /near dusk.
  • It seems to lack the vibrant/tremolo quality of many, but far from all Black Kite calls
  • the rhytm seems strange to me, I searched at xeno-canto and found this one: XC579213 Black Kite (Milvus migrans)
But I am far from convinced, so I hope for confirmation or correction.


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Hi Alexander

Thank you very much, very interesting proposition, I could never have though to Stone Curlew. It sounds so different to the 'classic' call I know! But if you say that they can have have a wide range of variation then, I trust you! Moreover, on XC, I found a record that could indeed match =)

As for Black Kite, that could be possible in terms of phenology, but I think they migrate mostly alone, and one that record, it sounds as if there were two birds... But why not =)

Does anybody else have some supposition?

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