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Cat like calling

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Thu Feb 27, 2014 4:08 pm

I live in the Cradle. Typical highveld birds, a mixture of savannah and riverine, lots of bushveld inbetween..
(I do live very close to a major river)

My neighbor has complained about kittens that she is trying to track down. I have just heard the "kittens". What I think is a bird.

Does anyone know of a cat like call in this Cradle area. :hmz:
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Re: Cat like calling

Unread postby Wild about cats » Thu Feb 27, 2014 6:24 pm

Maybe a Cape Longclaw? It's alarm call is a cat-like mewing.

One of Doug Newman's bird call books says, about this bird,

the plaintive 'meeeuuuu' call is distinctive - it sounds a lot like that of a cat.


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Re: Cat like calling

Unread postby Philip1 » Thu Feb 27, 2014 6:30 pm

:hmz: Stupid question, no Peacocks in the area? Sometimes they sound like cats meowing. :hmz:
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Re: Cat like calling

Unread postby Batmad » Thu Feb 27, 2014 6:59 pm

The call of a Cape Longclaw is described as very cat like and there have been a few stories which I have heard whereby people have confused this bird for cats in the area :D
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Re: Cat like calling

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Fri Feb 28, 2014 5:47 am

Thanks everyone for the input.

Philip, there were Peacocks, but they were taken by Caracal and possibly feral dogs. :( I do know their sound though and it was different to the Peacock sound.

I wonder about it being an alarm call. I would like it is if was a Cape Longclaw, maybe even sounding an alarm about one of my cats. I have seen one when driving to work one morning.

When I first moved to the highveld, I spent a lot of time looking for a cat in distress until I realised that the terrified cat was actually a Lourie. The area is saturated with bird calls at the moment.
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Re: Cat like calling

Unread postby wildflowergirl » Fri Feb 28, 2014 2:16 pm

What i can think of that sounds like a cat is a trumpeter hornbill, but not sure if they do live in that area though. :hmz:
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Re: Cat like calling

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Sat Mar 01, 2014 6:29 am

We have African Grey Hornbills, quite a distinctive call as well, but no trumpeters. I think we are too far south.
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Re: Cat like calling

Unread postby forestgump » Sat Mar 01, 2014 6:36 am

I had a cat screech early this morning, probably saw the size of my dogs !
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Re: Cat like calling

Unread postby shivati » Sat Mar 01, 2014 6:49 pm

MM, just a thought - do you have fork-tailed drongos in your area? Reason I ask is that whilst living in Botswana I had the same experience....thought it was my cat only to discover on numerous occasions that it was an FTD that was mimicking my cat - perfectly! FTD's seem to have mimicking qualities...

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Re: Cat like calling

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Sun Mar 02, 2014 6:32 am

Shivati, that is very interesting. We don"t have any in our area, but I find it a good bit of information.
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Re: Cat like calling

Unread postby wildflowergirl » Tue Mar 18, 2014 9:09 am

This morning we had this cat-like calling bird in our garden. I was trying to find the cat that is meowing so funny to find out what's wrong, and my dad is grabbing the camera and trying to find the bird. It turned out to be the fork-tailed drongo. The same that Shivati talks about.
It was quite exciting as it was the first time we see the bird in our garden. We have only seen them in the wider Polokwane area. :D
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