Laura Erickson's For the Birds

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Indiana Jones and the Willow Ptarmigan

Did anyone else notice the Willow Ptarmigan singing in the background in the new Indiana Jones movie? Russ and I went on an "interstate date," both seeing the new movie tonight, me at 7:45 pm EDT and he at 6:45 pm CDT. We talked on our cell phones while we were buying tickets, and he called me the moment the credits ended at his movie--at the exact same time the credits ended for me! He of course didn't notice the ptarmigan, but I certainly did--but it was near enough to the beginning (I think just at the start of the "Amazon" [filmed in Hawaii])that I don't remember exactly when. So if anyone did notice and remembers exactly where the ptarmigan calls were, please post a comment!


  1. Hi Laura, Are you talking about the new Indiana Jones movie? The reason I ask is there was a Willow Ptarmigan singing in the first Indiana Jones movie. I had just return from Churchill Manitoba. The Willow Ptarmigan was one of the many life birds I had seen and heard. It was a shock to hear it the opening sequence as Indy and his guide are hacking through the jungle! I look forward to listening for it in this new movie. Thanks for the heads up.

  2. Yep--I'm talking about the new movie. Now I'll have to rent the first--I'm not normally into action films, so have never seen the whole first movie.

  3. Hi Laura, I have just come back from the new Indiana Jones movie. Yep, the ptarmigan was indeed in the part that started in Peru. I wonder if the movie editors put it in to make the loop with the first film. After the first film there was a lot of chatter about the ptarmigan was stuck in the middle of the jungle scene. This new one it is just the ptarmigan no other birds singing. Humm? I wonder if it was intentional.