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Old 06-03-2009, 07:21 PM   #1
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Have you ever heard of a Rain Crow? My parents talked about them and had a lot of faith in them predicting rain. The claim was that the bird would call before a rain, thus their name. I do not remember hearing them when I lived down in South Texas about 40 years ago. I goggled "rain crow" trying to find out about them and it appears this is the bird which was given the name. Did any of you guys know about them or did you ever hear one call? If you check the link out below, one can hear what one source said was a Rain Crow. Do they sound like this bird, a Yellow-billed Cuckoo?

I realize it is not really a camping question, but one might hear one while camping. I'd love to hear one out camping some time.

http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Y...lled_Cuckoo/id

Edit addition: I emailed some friends and relatives about the rain crow, one friend wrote back saying, Yes, Adrian, I grew up hearing the rain crow when it rained in southeastern Oklahoma, but we were told it was a frog, and I always wondered why a frog was called a crow. Maybe it wasn't a frog after all.-Betty
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Old 06-04-2009, 05:20 AM   #2
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Hi Adrian! Yes, I have heard of the cuckoo being called a rain crow! I live in the mountains of Virginia, and an elderly friend of mine used to talk about rain crows telling of the coming rain. It was definitely the cuckoo he was talking about. He passed away a few years ago, so it was nice to see your post and think about my old friend.
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Very interesting. I would think the noise coming from a frog would make more sense but it seems to be the cuckoo.

http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site...1.wav/view.html
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Here's a better one;
http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Yellow-...d_Cuckoo/sounds
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I did not realize there were so many varied birds called a rain crow. We also have a few Mourning Doves and a lot of White Winged Doves "Coo Coo" all day. They do a good almost "Cuckoo" sound and a pretty good "Whooo" call. But we really enjoy the Great Horned Owl's call who has been gracing us with visits for the last several years. Year 'round. The first link below will allow you to here the Owl & the Mourning Doves calls.
http://identify.whatbird.com/obj/7/o...orned_Owl.aspx

This one the White Winged Doves' call.
http://identify.whatbird.com/obj/267...nged_Dove.aspx

Birds can really make ones day more cheerfull for sure!

Someone at Casita Club Forum wrote: Plieated WoodPecker is the bird we call a rain crow when I was growing up.
I do not think I have had the pleasure to see or hear a Plieated Wood Pecker but would like to. Unless we saw one in North Dakota last summer. From a map of their range we were close to it, but I do not remember if the ones we were see had the very high top knot or not. They had the red head for sure. No, they were Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers we saw. We get Red-shafted Flickers here.
http://identify.whatbird.com/obj/183...oodpecker.aspx
http://identify.whatbird.com/obj/584/_/Yel..._Sapsucker.aspx

My daughter gets visits from Gila Woodpeckers in Tucson, a very neat bird. They like to feed from her hummingbird feeder.
http://identify.whatbird.com/obj/178...oodpecker.aspx
I did a painting of the Gila Woodpecker feeding from her hummingbird feeder. I changed it to a male from her photo of a female doing so. A male would also feed from the feeder.
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