And finally: the sounds of the scoundrel!

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In order to complete what quite unplanned became a mini-series on the Bananaquit, I need to post a little hint of their vocalizations. They produce a very complex song, which to my ears does not sound that melodic. But if you listen carefully to a Bananaquit in the wild, you’ll start to notice different, but distinct patterns. It is their way of transmitting, often lifesaving, messages. The ones that weaved their nest into the bare electricity wires in our unused hallway, for example, invariably informed their youngsters that they were on their way. The message was always transmitted from the same perch, well away from the nest. The song almost certainly contained the order for the youngsters to keep quit until the arrival of mum or dad. And that they always did!

 

 

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