a different bird

by Kenneth
(Huntsville, TX)

I just moved to south TX a little north of Houston.

I have been hearing a bird for a year that makes a single note like a sad childs flute note. Today I got a glimpse of it for the first time. But not enough to identify it. It is similar in size and shape to a blue jay. But maybe not blue. It bounces up and down when it makes it's sound. It sounds just like these birds that seem to only live in South America. Cinereous Tinamou. But these are large birds.
You can find the sounds here http://www.xeno-canto.org/species/Crypturellus-cinereus?&view=3
There are many recordings at this site but the first one doesn't sound like my bird. Most of the rest do.
I don't have any photos yet but will upload if I get one.
Like I say, after hearing them for a year I only now just saw the first one.
Does anyone have any idea what this might be?

Comments for a different bird

Click here to add your own comments

May 15, 2013
Update NEW
by: Kenneth

I have now seen this bird up close to identify it. It is in fact a blue jay.
In 60 some years I have never heard a blue jay that makes this sound, although I know that jays do imitate the sound of the red shouldered hawk.
Now I'm sort of wondering if jays migrate to areas of northern south america where they might have heard this bird "Cinereous Tinamou" and are now imitating it.
Any ideas?

Click here to add your own comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to What Is This Bird?.



Coming Soon

Recent Articles

  1. Red breast, long neck

    Apr 24, 17 03:22 PM

    I just saw a bird with a robin-red breast but a much longer neck and a longer and much more narrow beak. Any ideas? I live in Oregon, Northwestern Oregon.

    Read More

  2. Another woodpecker?

    Apr 24, 17 03:21 PM

    Black bird with scant white spots on lower body and very distinct red spot on upper chest

    Read More

  3. It is the beak color that has made ID difficult

    Apr 24, 17 03:20 PM

    Tourquoise bird, cardinal size and similar wing pattern and has a beige beak. Except for the beak color, looks like a Indigo Bunting. Is this a juvie??

    Read More