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what bird sounds like a cat ?!

Postby chrissiehope » Fri Jan 07, 2011 11:19 pm

Most nights, and sometimes in the day, we hear a noise that sounds like a cat mewing, maybe distressed. We do have the odd campo cat, but it's not quite right somehow, and anyway we've established it definitely flies, as the sound moves too fast at times for it to be a land animal !

I think it might be an owl, but looking on the net I found there are hundreds of types of owl - can anyone narrow it down for me, and possibly point me to a site where I can listen to the call/s ?

TIA :D
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Re: what bird sounds like a cat ?!

Postby frank » Fri Jan 07, 2011 11:41 pm

About 39-40 secs into this recording, a barn owl, it sounds a bit cat like! anything like it?
http://www.laverdad.es/murcia/multimedi ... 81722.html
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Re: what bird sounds like a cat ?!

Postby chrissiehope » Fri Jan 07, 2011 11:57 pm

Thanks Frank, but not really - it's a very definite 2 'syllables - "mee-ow". and quite high-pitched. I really thought it was a cat for the first couple of days !
For some reason I've thought 'scops owl' but I haven't a clue why.... :?
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Re: what bird sounds like a cat ?!

Postby gus-lopez » Sat Jan 08, 2011 7:01 am

Could it be a hoopee bird, they call at night ?
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Re: what bird sounds like a cat ?!

Postby julian » Sat Jan 08, 2011 7:13 am

does the noise sound like this?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWM_khN4UL0

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Re: what bird sounds like a cat ?!

Postby lenox » Sat Jan 08, 2011 8:53 am

It's possibly a fox.

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Re: what bird sounds like a cat ?!

Postby julian » Sat Jan 08, 2011 9:16 am

:wtf:

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Postby Bongtrees » Sat Jan 08, 2011 11:11 am

lenox wrote:It's possibly a fox.
Foxes bark and AFAIK there are not that many in Spain as most are shot.

I have met Spanish people who have never seen a live one.
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Re: what bird sounds like a cat ?!

Postby annfoto » Sat Jan 08, 2011 11:57 am

Little Owls are very common in these parts. We have one who sits on the power line and sometimes the calls are a bit cat like

http://www.rspb.org.uk/wildlife/birdgui ... index.aspx
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Re: what bird sounds like a cat ?!

Postby julian » Sat Jan 08, 2011 12:42 pm

"Foxes bark and AFAIK there are not that many in Spain as most are shot.
I have met Spanish people who have never seen a live one"......there are even less Spanish people who have seen a flying one !!!

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Re: what bird sounds like a cat ?!

Postby chrissiehope » Sat Jan 08, 2011 1:26 pm

Hooray - annfoto wins the prize - it is indeed a little owl :D :thumbup:

There must be a colony of them somewhere around cos we hear them 'talking' to one another :)

julian - no, but it was very funny :lol:
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