Login/Sign up

World Association of International Studies

Post More on Mockingbirds (from Gary Moore)
Created by John Eipper on 08/02/19 4:30 AM

Previous posts in this discussion:


More on Mockingbirds (from Gary Moore) (John Eipper, USA, 08/02/19 4:30 am)

Gary Moore writes:

JE's considerate suggestion that he forward my post about mockingbirds to his avian neurology colleague has me eagerly awaiting the results.

Meantime, re his other comments:

1) The distribution of mockingbirds: I would swear I once heard, and saw, a mockingbird singing in Spain. Much farther away, the Australian Liar Bird--no joke--seems to fill the same niche.

2) Near the beginning of the mockingbird post I tried an experimental rhetorical transition, fearing it might be flatly incomprehensible. John seemed to say yes it was, and its disappearance from the published version now enables humans, and not just mockingbirds, to read it.

3) Through all these years, I'd never before thought of the overtone in Atticus "Finch." I wonder if the wellsprings of To Kill a Mockingbird (the evidence does point to a furtive committee of sorts, even if Truman's been overstated) articulated consciously the deepest level of saying that the South, despite its torrid law of the jungle, is really basically good--as seen in its luxuriant natural beauty, exemplified by its birds, which are exemplified most luxuriantly by the mysterious brilliance of the mockingbird.

JE comments:   I would have preferred a more humane version of Harper Lee's classic:  To Rescue a Mockingbird.  We don't have mockingbirds or macaws at WAIS HQ, but a blue heron frequently visits our dock and yard.  In honor of Bird Week at WAIS, let's see a photo.  (The image is from several weeks ago, but s/he's out there fishing as I write these lines.)

Gary, your Truman reference flew over my head.  This is especially embarrassing for a former Missourian.  Please explain...?

Out Fishin`: Blue Heron at Port WAIS

Rate this post
Informational value 
Reader Ratings (0)
Informational value0%

Visits: 185


Please login/register to reply or comment: Login/Sign up

  • WAIS Bird Week, Continued: Mockingbirds in Northern California (Edward Jajko, USA 08/03/19 5:07 AM)
    Apropos of mockingbirds, and jays as well, here in Northern California I rejoice when mockingbirds nest near our house. I love hearing their singing and would swear that they make things up in addition to copying what they hear. I love their midnight serenades. As for California jays, which lack the crest of the Eastern blue jay, I chase them out of the yard and away from the feeder. They are vicious, raucous, and mortal enemies of the mockingbird.

    The unfortunately much-parodied song "Listen to the Mocking Bird" dates from 1855. It was a favorite of one A. Lincoln.

    JE comments:  Blue jays are probably the most aggressive of the small birds found in the US, although the hummingbird is even more bellicose.  Good thing they only weigh four or five grams.  The Aztec god of war, Huitzilopochtli, takes his name from the hummingbird...with reason.

    Please login/register to reply or comment:

  • Bird Week Wrap-Up: Venezuela's Guacharacas (José Ignacio Soler, Venezuela 08/04/19 3:53 AM)
    John E. asked whether the macaws of Caracas have become a possible source of food for "hungry Caraqueños." Despite the critical situation of the people, fortunately and apparently from their friendly behavior it does not appear that the birds are being used to feed the population. If guacamayas were being hunted, they would likely be much more evasive and unfriendly.

    Besides there is another tasty kind of wild bird, la guacharaca (I do not know the English word), very abundant in the country and there are plenty in Caracas. They are the size of a chicken, not very colorful. Most are dark brown with markings of pale red, blue and grey. They are very noisy as well, particularly at 6 or 7 in the morning. They eat almost every fruit and seed and easily get into domesticated bird food. They can be hunted very easily or even domesticated in stockyards.

    According to natives from the jungle (the Wuaraos tribe) their song sounds like "Amanece, amanece!" (It's dawn!) in their language, but most certain their name comes from the onomatopoeia of the repetitive sound when singing.

    The peculiarity about these birds is that also they mate for life, live in family groups and care for their babies for a long time. We had had the same family in our garden for many years, which is not rare if they do not sense danger. They are very loyal and might follow you everywhere, and it is said that can be very physically protective and aggressive if they feel you are threatened. Fortunately I have never been in such a situation to prove it.

    I attach a picture.

    JE comments:  Tastes just like chicken?  I believe they are known as chachalacas in English, and belong to the galliform order, as do chickens and turkeys.  "Galliform" literally means "cock-/rooster-like."

    See how much we've learned during WAIS Bird Week '19?

    Please login/register to reply or comment:

Trending Now

All Forums with Published Content (42686 posts)

- Unassigned

Culture & Language

American Indians Art Awards Bestiary of Insults Books Conspiracy Theories Culture Ethics Film Food Futurology Gender Issues Humor Intellectuals Jews Language Literature Media Coverage Movies Music Newspapers Numismatics Philosophy Plagiarism Prisons Racial Issues Sports Tattoos Western Civilization World Communications


Capitalism Economics International Finance World Bank World Economy


Education Hoover Institution Journal Publications Libraries Universities World Bibliography Series


Biographies Conspiracies Crime Decline of West German Holocaust Historical Figures History Holocausts Individuals Japanese Holocaust Leaders Learning Biographies Learning History Russian Holocaust Turkish Holocaust


Afghanistan Africa Albania Algeria Argentina Asia Australia Austria Bangladesh Belgium Belize Bolivia Brazil Canada Central America Chechnya Chile China Colombia Costa Rica Croatia Cuba Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark East Europe East Timor Ecuador Egypt El Salvador England Estonia Ethiopia Europe European Union Finland France French Guiana Germany Greece Guatemala Haiti Hungary Iceland India Indonesia Iran (Persia) Iraq Ireland Israel/Palestine Italy Japan Jordan Kenya Korea Kosovo Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Latin America Liberia Libya Mali Mexico Middle East Mongolia Morocco Namibia Nations Compared Netherlands New Zealand Nicaragua Niger Nigeria North America Norway Pacific Islands Pakistan Palestine Paraguay Peru Philippines Poland Polombia Portugal Romania Saudi Arabia Scandinavia Scotland Serbia Singapore Slovakia South Africa South America Southeast Asia Spain Sudan Sweden Switzerland Syria Thailand The Pacific Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan UK (United Kingdom) Ukraine USA (America) USSR/Russia Uzbekistan Venezuela Vietnam West Europe Yemen Yugoslavia Zaire


Balkanization Communism Constitutions Democracy Dictators Diplomacy Floism Global Issues Hegemony Homeland Security Human Rights Immigration International Events Law Nationalism NATO Organizations Peace Politics Terrorism United Nations US Elections 2008 US Elections 2012 US Elections 2016 Violence War War Crimes Within the US


Christianity Hinduism Islam Judaism Liberation Theology Religion

Science & Technology

Alcohol Anthropology Automotives Biological Weapons Design and Architecture Drugs Energy Environment Internet Landmines Mathematics Medicine Natural Disasters Psychology Recycling Research Science and Humanities Sexuality Space Technology World Wide Web (Internet)


Geography Maps Tourism Transportation


1-TRIBUTES TO PROFESSOR HILTON 2001 Conference on Globalizations Academic WAR Forums Ask WAIS Experts Benefactors Chairman General News Member Information Member Nomination PAIS Research News Ronald Hilton Quotes Seasonal Messages Tributes to Prof. Hilton Varia Various Topics WAIS WAIS 2006 Conference WAIS Board Members WAIS History WAIS Interviews WAIS NEWS waisworld.org launch WAR Forums on Media & Research Who's Who