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Black-Headed Jay Mimicking Loon

J. A. Munro
Publication Information
Journal: 
Condor
Volume: 
37
Issue: 
3 (May-June)
Section: 
From Field and Study
Year: 
1935
Pages: 
170

Black-headed Jay Mimicking Loon

At Okanagan Landing, on a morning in early May, the tremolo call of a Loon (Gavia immer) coming, so I thought, from far out on the lake and subdued by the distance, was accepted as genuine without question as to its source. Then my attention was attracted to a party of three Black-headed Jays (Cyanocitta stelleri annectens) which moved about in the brush along the lake shore, and, to my surprise, the low, quavering call, again repeated, was traced to one of these birds which was perched on a hawthorn branch thirty feet from where I stood. Upon its last performance the mimicked loon call was followed by a warbled cadence of four liquid notes.

J. A. Munro

Okanagan Landing, B. C., Canada, August 11, 1934

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