Thursday, February 4, 2010

Magellanic Woodpecker - The Laughing Call


Magellanic Woodpecker, originally uploaded by billy3001.
Soon after we spotted the group of 3 birds, they spotted us. Then one of the two females flew right over to us, landing high up in the closest tree. She looked down at us and gave out a loud call that sounded as if she was laughing hysterically.  I've watched Pileated Woodpeckers (Dryocopus pileatus) often in the US, and I've yet to see any of them exhibit such bold curiosity as this bird did.

To hear what this female Magellanic Woodpecker sounded like, check out this link at xeno-canto and select the first sound file on that page!  I took this photo in Lago del Desierto, Argentina.

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