NPR identifies “American’s dumbest-sounding birds”

NPR posted a very funny video identifying the most ridiculous-sounding North American birds.

Included are the Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica), Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocophalus), the American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus), the Northern Barred Owl (Strix varia), and Willow Ptarmigan (Lagopus lagopus).

Who knew that predators like the Bald Eagle sound so wimpy? Or that that the Atlantic Puffin sounds like a dissatisfied Hardee’s customer?

I’m glad to say that no Monk Parakeets (Myiopsitta Monachus) made this list. Their calls are strident and often incomprehensible — that’s for sure — but in no way are they dumb-sounding.