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Tweety Bird

Twitiavis superciliosis!
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Do you recall when you were a young Saturday-morning birdwatcher, learning the intricate lessons of predator-prey relationships? Twitiavis superciliosis is a small, animated yellow bird, native to Southern California. It's particularly susceptible to predation, and so has developed a complex series of alarm calls. Against all odds, Twitiavis eludes its predators to sing its song another day.

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Tweety Bird: Twitiavis superciliosis

Written by John Kessler

This is BirdNote!

Remember when you were a young Saturday morning birdwatcher, learning the intricate lessons of predator-prey relationships and familiarizing yourself with the sounds of highly urban birds? Let’s return today, to the alarm call of a small, animated, yellow bird native to Southern California, Twitiavis superciliosis. Popular for a wide, melodious vocal array, its delicate song is not easily forgotten.

[Song of Twitiavis Superciliosis]

But this bright and noisy bird is particularly susceptible to predation, and so has a developed a complex series of alarm calls. Listen as the bird reacts to the approach of its chief predator, the cat.

[Alarm call]

The bird, now suspicious, increases the intensity of its call.

[Second alarm call]

The cat quickly makes its move…

[Sounds of cat’s attack]

…as the bird issues its most desperate alarm call.

[Third alarm call]

And yet against all odds, Twitiavis eludes its predators to sing its song another day.

[Repeat song]

BirdNote’s producer is John Kessler. I’m Michael Stein.
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Clips from Tweety Bird and Sylvester the Cat, from Warner Bros.
Producer: John Kessler
Executive Producer: Dominic Black
© 2014 Tune In to Nature.org     September 2018     Narrator: Michael Stein
ID#092305tweetyKPLU         cartoon-02b

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