As noted pretty much everywhere, the Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus Ieucocephalus) we hear in movies is, like most things, a result of movie magic. In real life, they should like they are chirping with something stuck in their throat, like a dolphin. The real sound is attributed as the Red-Tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis). In fact, pretty much any bird of prey is given the same sound, not just the Bald Eagle.

Where did this trend/cliche/trope first appear? In a Documentary? A TV Show/Cartoon? Or Movie?

  • This may go all the way back to Jack Foley (1891-1967) Whew! ☺ I would start looking at Westerns in the fifties. Commented Apr 1, 2016 at 23:32
  • The godfather of modern audio production
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    Commented Apr 2, 2016 at 5:22


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