Birds Imitating Cell Phone Rings
If You Are Outside and Hear Your Cellphone Ringing, It Might Not Be Your Cellphone
When calling the outdoor cats for their food, I whistle instead of saying "here kitty, kitty," as a whistle carries a lot further than "here, kitty, kitty." Also, it doesn't seem as idiotic to be whistling as to be screaming "here kitty, kitty."
Over the last couple of Summers while outside whistling, there has been a mocker in the yard imitating me. When I first heard my whistle imitated, I looked for a human. Not seeing anyone, I followed the sound of the whistle to a tree and found my mocker--a bird perched on the highest limb of our tallest tree. Searching for information on this phenomenon through Google, several websites about birds imitating human sounds were found.
The bird could be a starling, as starlings found in many areas of the world, are known to imitate whistles and ambulance sirens. There have even been reports of blackbirds imitating ambulance sirens. Other birds that imitate sounds include mockingbirds, catbirds, and brown thrashers.
Ornithologists in Australia, New York, and Denmark while studying birds, heard birds imitating ringtones on cellphones. Not only this, but some mobile phone providers have released ringtones that sound like birds. So, now the birds could start imitating themselves!
One concern that ornithologists have is that the birds might begin to forget their original bird sounds, so they have been recording those sounds and storing in archives at museums.
This just shows the effect that mass development has on nature. How sad it would be if these birds forgot their original bird calls.