The Source of That Jungle Creature's Call

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In many film and TV productions that have scenes in, or are set in jungles, there is usually a cacophony of different noises and sounds that are unique to jungles and rain forests all over the world playing as part of the ambient noise. Of all of them, there is one that seems to be a ubiquitous standout. You may have heard it, goes something like this - "Ooooh oooh ohhhh oooohhhh AHhhh ahhhh ahhhh ahhhh." As if that narrows it down. And no, it’s not from a porno movie. The earliest film I'm aware of that had that this creature's call was 1948's The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. The next time was on the 1954 film The Creature From The Black Lagoon. I hear it to this this day across all mediums. I always wondered what it was. Was it a bird or a monkey?

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fc_-icFHwQo

 

I finally discovered what it was. The Kookaburra, a carnivorous bird in the Kingfisher family that is native to Australia and New Guinea, is the source of that hilarious call. Now I know. Now you do too. I'm thinking seriously of using this as my outgoing phone message.

Comments

Dr. Rupert Green Added Jan 19, 2019 - 10:44pm
Pity you had to blow my bubble. I thought it was porn. Still, while your White bird can sing better, my Black one can dance better. Albeit, its all about sex. I wonder if there is some stereotyping, making Blacks out to be dancers and Whites as thinkers.
Unrepentant Added Jan 19, 2019 - 10:49pm
@ Rupert - Well, birds are descended from dinosaurs; both very ancient forms of life that probably had, and have a better idea of what they're doing than we do, lol. Not so much the stereotyping as much as different creatures take different approaches to certain things.
John Minehan Added Jan 19, 2019 - 10:56pm
The funny thing is Sierra Madre is set in North America (Mexico) and Black Lagoon is set in South America.
 
That bird is taking the jobs away from local people!  Check his (or her) visa!  Does it have papers?  (Other than on the floor of its cage . . . .)
Unrepentant Added Jan 19, 2019 - 11:02pm
@ John M. - That's exactly what piqued my curiosity, as I was unaware of such a creature being so cosmopolitan.
 
As a funny aside, in a scene in the VERY short-lived series Action, film director Titus Scroad (played by R. Lee Ermey, no less) shoots a noisy pigeon ( a white pigeon) with a .44 Magnum  (what a surprise) and restores order (and silence) to the set. Not only was he excoriated by PETA, but the NAACP pressurized him to hire a BLACK pigeon as a replacement.
Flying Junior Added Jan 20, 2019 - 1:32am
That's pretty fucking awesome.  Good sleuthing.  Makes me want to hear the old Flamingos calling on Bob Dale's show about the San Diego Zoo.
Unrepentant Added Jan 20, 2019 - 2:21am
@ FJ - It was one of those things that bugged the hell out of me, lol. I have to be honest; besides finding out things like where Jimmy Hoffa is buried and who truly killed JFK, this was perhaps the only one I can successfully dispose of, lol.
Flying Junior Added Jan 20, 2019 - 2:28am
I saw it in a movie about the unions.  Jimmy Hoffa is cast in concrete just below ground level.
Unrepentant Added Jan 20, 2019 - 2:34am
@ FJ - We got it! Jimmy Hoffa was cut into bite-sized pieces and fed to an extremely right-wing crocodile-white-shark down under!
Leroy Added Jan 20, 2019 - 9:11am
I always assumed it was monkeys.  Now I know.
Dr. Rupert Green Added Jan 20, 2019 - 10:41am
" Not only was he excoriated by PETA, but the NAACP pressurized him to hire a BLACK pigeon as a replacement.



Flying Junior Added Jan 20, 2019 - 2:28am






I saw it in a movie about the unions.  Jimmy Hoffa is cast in concrete just below ground level.






Reverend Father Saint Profit GayballsAdded Jan 20, 2019 - 2:34am






@ FJ - We got it! Jimmy Hoffa was cut into bite-sized pieces and fed to an extremely right-wing crocodile-white-shark down under!






Leroy Added Jan 20, 2019 - 9:11am






I always assumed it was monkeys.  Now I know."
 
Did that Black pigeon breed as a result of Mexican rapist pigeons crossing the borders, or was it some White nationalist sampling dark meat?  Shit, I can see White nationalists supporting the Trump-wall. Them Latino pigeons with miscegenation intent using tunnels to come to the US and corrupt the pure White bloodstock. Build the frigging wall 12 feet high and 36 feet deep to deter them from tunneling (DUH).
 
@ Leroy, please do not put the blame on black monkeys.
 
You guys are a riot.  

opher goodwin Added Jan 21, 2019 - 5:05am
I've walked through jungles that are completely silent now.
Unrepentant Added Jan 21, 2019 - 11:41am
@ Leroy - Me too, I thought it was some kind of monkey. Now that I think of it, I may have heard it first during the 1932 movie version of "The Most Dangerous Game", which was an absolutely HORRIBLE adaptation of one of my all-time favorite short stories. The old Get Smart episode that parodied it did a far better job, lol.
Unrepentant Added Jan 21, 2019 - 11:41am
@ Rupert - ???
Unrepentant Added Jan 21, 2019 - 11:42am
@ Opher - The jungles will be gone too.
Stone-Eater Added Jan 21, 2019 - 2:59pm
Brrhah.
 
I've learned that from our Parakeet.
 
Now - he's a prophet. He tells me: Brrhah 42 ! And even without serving him spaghetti.
 
He's Nostrakeet.
Leroy Added Jan 21, 2019 - 10:12pm
"@ Leroy, please do not put the blame on black monkeys."
 
I refuse to implicate my ancestors.
The Burghal Hidage Added Jan 22, 2019 - 4:14am
Also title of a song by The Cocteau Twins off their Treasure EP
 
You racist asshole! Why didn't you use a black Jesus for that avatar?
Dr. Rupert Green Added Jan 22, 2019 - 12:02pm
@ Leroy. ""@ Leroy, please do not put the blame on black monkeys."
 
I refuse to implicate my ancestors."
 
I see you are most enlightened to the Origin of Species."  
Unrepentant Added Jan 22, 2019 - 2:12pm
@ TBH - How's this? LOL
Dr. Rupert Green Added Jan 22, 2019 - 2:51pm
@."@ TBH - How's this? LOL"
 
That Blackheart is out of character. It would suggest you are from Africa and involved with Voodoo. 
Unrepentant Added Jan 22, 2019 - 3:14pm
@ Rupert - Thanks! I made the correction, lol.