fucking hell it yells mom like a lost child!! This is straight out of a horror film
It gets creepier when you know that these types of birds were thought to be psychopomps, harbingers of death who helped guide souls to the underworld. This status is found in cultures ranging from Aboriginal Australia, to Europe, to the Incas, because of their haunting cries.
Am… am I a horrible person because I think it looks cute?
ah yes the “harbinger of death”
"leader of souls"
truly majestic bird
Umm… psyche! That looks like a Lesser pootoo to me, and it makes a slow cascading series of cooing sounds.
Me, demonstrating a safe restraint. No pressure should be placed on the underside of the throat and the hold should be as gentle as you can make it without losing control. (The snake in this picture is not trying to bite me; this is just his reaction to being handled this way, which is actually really common. He got over it at the speed of light.) Please excuse my poor wounded hands. Life’s rough.
California Nightsnake (Hypsiglena ochrorhyncha nuchalata)- San Mateo County, CA
Nightsnakes are small, nocturnal snakes native to much of the western United States. Primarily lizard eaters, these snakes envenomate their prey with fangs located towards the back of their upper jaw- hence labeled as a “rear-fanged” colubrid. Other examples of rear-fanged (opisthoglyphous) snakes include Hognose Snakes and Ring-necked Snakes, amongst many more throughout the world.