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The Red-winged Blackbird, an ubiquitous bird in North America, likes to sing. The other day I saw and heard one belting out a famous aria.

Red-winged Blackbird tenor coming on stage. He looked right.

Red-winged Blackbird tenor coming on stage. He looked right.

He looked left.

He looked left. Female blackbirds were getting their handkerchiefs ready.

He started the aria:

He started the aria: “E lucevan le stelle …”

He paused briefly. Female blackbirds were sobbing in the audience.

He paused briefly. Female blackbirds were sobbing.

He then sang the most beautiful notes:

He then sang the most beautiful notes: “O! dolci baci, o languide carezze, mentr’io fremente le belle forme disciogliea dai veli!”

My apologies to Puccini and any opera lover that I may have offended. If you want to hear a human tenor sing E lucevan le stelle from Tosca, here’s the best:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4mX7ugJ5NM8

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