RE: Bird calls in films

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Subject: RE: Bird calls in films
From: "Kevin and Lizzie" <>
Date: Tue, 30 May 2006 21:32:41 +0930
Not surprisingly, birders are making the assumption that Kookaburras
featured on the soundtrack of Tarzan movies as birds.  The truth is a little
more interesting.

Film producers were indeed assuming that "the average patron would not have
a clue".  So much so, in fact, that they wouldn't even realise birds were
involved.  The intention was that when Kookaburras appeared on the
soundtrack, audiences in America and Europe (everywhere except Australia, in
fact) would "hear" an excited band of chimpanzees (or possibly other apes or

I don't think the Kookaburras ever received the credit they were due as best
supporting mammal.

Kevin Stracey

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Date: Mon, 29 May 2006 11:10:42 +1000
From: Carl Clifford <>
Subject: Bird calls in films
To: Dave Torr <>
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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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