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Conversation with hawk comes to a screeching halt

What are you looking at?


Miles Klee

Internet Culture

Posted on Jun 24, 2014   Updated on May 31, 2021, 2:03 am CDT

Birds of prey can be cute when they’re young and helpless, but get up in a grown hawk’s business, and it’s likely to tell you to step the hell off.

“Say hi, baby. Come on!” pleads the cameraman in this Vine-length YouTube clip before resorting to kissy noises. Almost immediately exasperated with that patronizing tone, fit only for common housepets, the red-tailed raptor emits a banshee-level conversation-stopper. Roughly translated: “I swear to god I will pluck your eyes out the next time you fall asleep.”

Ornithologically astute sources indicate that this screech is often used to make a territorial claim—meaning this hawk’s “owner” may want to find a good real estate agent.

Update: Here’s the inevitable screeching hawk–screaming goat remix, courtesy of Reddit.

Photo via DrJohnHammond’s channel/YouTube   

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*First Published: Jun 24, 2014, 1:27 pm CDT