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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Hissing Cardinal

Do cardinals hiss?

A lot of animals hiss, including birds, as a defense mechanism. Whether it is an imitation of a snake hiss to evoke fear or an innate reaction to a stressful situation, this distinctive noise gets hair-raising notice from humans to horses and everything in between.

While most birds hiss when they feel threatened or are trying to defend a nest, Northern Cardinals also use a whiny call or hiss frequently to show their displeasure of other birds trying to displace them from their proper place at the feeders.

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