Who’s calling?

Bird songs are an important element in many movies, both for atmosphere and drama. But I have observed that quite often, film makers use bird songs rather arbitrarily, outside of the actual bird’s ecosystem context, at the wrong time of the year or by combining a bird shown with the wrong call. So when I watched “Corn Island” yesterday, I decided to start a collection of observations about this aspect of the movie industry. If you want to help me by pointing out interesting film scenes – please feel free to get in touch!

CATEGORY 1: WRONG BIRD SPECIES
Maisinsel
Corn Island
Simindis kundzuli
George Ovashvili
Georgia, Germany, France, Czech Republic, Hungary, Kasachstan, 2014
100 minutes
Starting day: 28.05.2015
Meditative movie
Mistake: When the old man claims the island, a European siskin is shown, but along with the call of a chaffinch.

CATEGORY 2: WRONG TIME OF THE DAY
langengrossenferien
The long long vacations
Les Grandes Grandes Vacances
Les Armateurs, France, 2015
Fascinating cartoon movie about childhood in WWII France
Mistake: In part 8 (“Little Partisans”) a black woodpecker (Dryocopus martius) first calls during the day in a mixed forst (correct) but then also during the night – which is highly unlikely as black woodpeckers are not nocturnal birds…

CATEGORY 3: WRONG HABITAT

CATEGORY 4: WRONG SEASON

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