If you’ve seen a remotely scary movie, you’ve heard an idiot howl: that sad, almost human ooo-ooo-oooo that can sometimes be mistaken for a coyote or a wolf. For decades it has always appeared when a film is supposed to convey melancholy or fear, often accompanied by a full moon or fog. But in most cases idiots have no business being in the background of these scenes.
With the help of some internet watchers, we delved deep into the world of loons (pun intended) to explain how Hollywood misuses that bird call – and why the whining is so haunting in the first place.
To learn more about loons and what you can do to protect them and their natural habitats, visit the Loon Preservation Committee and the Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation.
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