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I have been watching a lot of British mysteries lately. As per usual, loads of people walk around at night, in the woods/countryside. There is always, every time, some god-awful bird or creature making this horrid, short screaming noise. It sounds like a parrot trying to shout "YAH!"


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Maybe it's a raven you're hearing? They sound a little bit like you describe, and they're pretty common at night in Britain.

Edit: I know that same ravens say "nevermore" instead, but that's pretty unusual.
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Really? A raven? I thought there wasn't much difference between ravens and crows, horrible noise-wise.

I'll try to find a youtube example to post tomorrow.
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Thanks to the internet, you can hear the difference yourself. Take a look at http://www.shades-of-night.com/aviary/difs.html and see if it sounds like what you hear!
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wmshub wrote:
Edit: I know that same ravens say "nevermore" instead, but that's pretty unusual.


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Insufficient data to compute.

Please define British Mysteries. Are you talking about modern detective series made by UK production companies, or some godawful American idea of Britain made on the back lot at Warner Bros.?

Please define woods/countryside. Do you mean farmland, forestry, hills, mountains, moors?

If it is a genuine UK production set in genuine wild areas, or remote farmland, it could be a pheasant, grouse or even a Ptarmigen.

Otherwise it could be a songbird, such as the Blackbird or Thrush, which would cluck a sharp warning.

Any wild bird other than vermin is protected in law and cannot be killed. Game birds such as pheasants can be blown to pieces by a 12-bore shotgun. No more, no less, mark you.
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wmshub wrote:
Maybe it's a raven you're hearing? They sound a little bit like you describe, and they're pretty common at night in Britain.


It won't be a raven. They only live in the Tower Of London.

Rooks and crows go to roost at night in tall trees (rooks roost together in groups, a rookery, whereas crows are more solitary). They wouldn't bother with even coachloads of detectives stumbling in the dark beneath them. Hard as nails.
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I'd say it's probably a crow. They can spook a person out pretty good.
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More data:

The shows have been Jonathan Creek and Foyle's War. As for what side of the country, I couldn't say unfortunately. I don't know England well at all. (I know that according to these shows, everyone lives in giant, sprawling manors.) I've looked up the calls of the suggested birds. None of them match. It's a call that's made once. (Some birds will say "tweet tweet" or say, "Caw Caw." This is simply "YAH!")

Also, the "how can it be killed" question was simply a crude joke on my part. I am fond of birds and love researching them and watching them.

I've just been curious because the noise is:
a) Kind of scary sounding
b) extremely common, as in, nobody freaks out when they hear it, as I would
c) Really aggravating

Thank you to all for the suggestions! I have been trying to find an example on the youtubes that doesn't involve watching for 20 minutes.
 
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Foyle's War is set mainly down South.

Jonathan Creek (great show) was set a bit more all over the place I think.

BTW, if they are just using stock soundtrack as a background noise it could be anywhere.

There used to be, and probably still is, some stock soundtrack that got used an awful lot in films from the 50s, 60s and 70s that had all sorts of animal noises and was used a lot in jungle scenes. The problem being that one of the bird noises that had been mixed in was a Kookaburra and none of the films I have heard it in have been set in Australian meeple

Of course this question should have been posted to www.birdcallgeek.com whistle

Edit: Here's an Australian one (admittedly not too useful for your question)

And some British ones
 
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I'm guessing it was a crow...

There's a reason the collective noun for crows is a 'Murder'! zombie
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