RE: Bird calls in films -- Kookaburras

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Subject: RE: Bird calls in films -- Kookaburras
From: "Gordon and Pam Cain" <>
Date: Tue, 30 May 2006 19:10:12 +1000
Dear all --

As a teacher of English as a Second Language, I can assure you that outside
Aus (and New Guinea?) very few people recognise the kookaburra' call as even
a bird call. Years ago I'd play to my students a tape that included a
kookaburra call on it, and they invariably thought it was a monkey. . .

Perhaps that is Tarzan's legacy, though I think the real answer is that it
sounds closer to a lot of howler monkeys than to any commonly known birds

Gordon Cain
Schofields, NSW (NW Sydney)


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Date: Mon, 29 May 2006 11:10:42 +1000
From: Carl Clifford <>
Subject: Bird calls in films
To: Dave Torr <>
Cc: birding-aus <>
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I think the Kookaburra was heard in Tarzan movies (and many other  
Hollywood movies with jungle settings) is that the producers presumed  
that the average patron would not have a clue. It is also quite  
amazing the range of the Common Peafowl according to Hollywood.


Carl Clifford


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