A Musical Field Guide To National Bird Day

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Today is National Bird Day, and we are all gonna celebrate. Every year bird enthusiasts pick this day to promote bird watching, XTREME bird watching, bird adoption, and just plain ol' loving the unholy hell out of birds. All kidding aside, the holiday is dedicated to raising awareness about the fact that almost 12 percent of the world's birds may face extinction in the next century, especially parrots.

To get into the spirit of the holiday, Rocks Off has written a guide to music industry avians in order that you may be able to spot these elusive creatures.

THE BJORK SWAN

This species of swan migrated to North America from Iceland in the 1980s, and spread slowly but surely until it became quite common. The swan is known for its beautiful, if somewhat bizarre song. It mostly inhabits awards shows and independent film soundtracks, and should not under any circumstances be provoked.

When it or its young is threatened, the Bjork Swan has been known to peck the eyeballs straight from the sockets of its offenders. The Swan's egg doubles as a change purse.

BIRD OF (THE PHANTOM OF THE) PARADISE
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Sadly, this species is all but extinct due to the destruction of its natural habitat. The birds lay their eggs only in cult '70s musicals, which were mostly bulldozed during the Reagan administration in the '80s. Reports of isolated flocks are still reported in small video stores, but eyewitness accounts are becoming increasingly rare.

Those who do catch a glimpse of the birds will note the sleek, black leather and silver metallic plumage in the males, or the almost total absence of feathers save across the breast and at the genitals of the females. Paul Williams has commercially released recordings of the birds' songs, which are still available.


THE MORRIS DAY BIRD


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Science hasn't been able to exactly classify the Morris Day Bird. Some claim it's a kind of vulture, whereas others believe it is descended from peacocks. The matter of its true genetic heritage is hampered by the species itself, since it only reproduces by stealing other birds' girlfriends.

It accomplishes this seduction through meticulously groomed plumage - often aided by the Jerome Magpie in a clear case of inter-species symbiosis - and also through an elaborate mating dance. The Morris Day Bird is listed as threatened rather than endangered, and makes it's home in purple rain forests.

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