Friday mystery object #237

This week I have another mystery sound from Cheryl Tipp at the British Library Wildlife Sound Archive and skull from the Horniman Museum & Gardens:


Do you think the sound and the skull are from the same species, and can you recognise which species?

You can send your answers on a postcard, or if you prefer just pop them in the comments section below… Have fun!

9 thoughts on “Friday mystery object #237

  1. The skull and the sound are from different birds.
    The skull belongs to Bill the shaver and the song belongs to the bird in my duvet

  2. After a bit of researching I’ve come to the conclusion that this most likely is Alca torda a.k.a. the razorbill. And I all of a sudden I got the privieous comments! 😉 English is my second language, so I’ve never encountered the term ‘razorbill’ before. In norwegian this penguin-lookalike is simply called ‘alke’.
    . About the sound: It’s definetly not made by the razorbill! I think I have managed to rule out looms and the eurasian eagle-owl. But the sound itself sounds very familiar to me, it’s the kind of sound you often hear in the wooded mountains of mid-Norway late in the evenings during summer. Will have to do a little more research. 🙂

  3. I’ve been lucky enough to see that beaky bird in real life, nesting on the chalk cliffs at Flamborough in Yorkshire. Clinging on the sheer cliffs with their webbed feet – bet there are a few -cough- close shaves…! The sound is a different bird – a beautifully coloured one which I’d love to see and hear one day for real. I always think of it as a posh duck.

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