Roosters are loud alarm clocks. Unfortunately, they only work at dawn and their only off button is an ax. When DH and I were vacationing in a location so tropical that we slept with the screened windows open, we learned about several other feathered alarm clocks. They had no consideration for those who wished to sleep past sunrise, and there were too many to invite in for dinner.
Some of the rowdy birds were kiskadees.
There was no rest with these bandits around.
The little guys are related to fly catchers and are very agile in the air.
I saw three of them gang up on a poor butterfly,
follow its every evasive maneuver and make a meal of it.
According to info I got on the web these birds are omnivorous.
They eat about anything from snakes to seeds.
They wear their black mask with honor as they
steal berries and dog food from their neighbors.
They reminded me a lot of a jay or a kingfisher
with their big head and aggressive attitude.
This one had pilfered a berry from the shrubs near our place
and was doing his best to juggle it down before one of his cohorts
arrived to compete for the juicy meal.
It wouldn’t have made me feel too bad if
he’d got that fruit stuck where it silenced his wake-up call.