One of the enduring mysteries of Regular Show is what species Margaret is supposed to be. I’ve seen her variously described as a robin or a cardinal- neither of which she resembles. Pure red wings are kind of rare among birds, female birds especially. Margaret might be dyeing herself.
I don’t know what these are supposed to be, if anything. There’s the dove-shaped one with a dark blue body and a light blue head. No doves match that, not even Rock Pigeons, which come in all kinds of colorations. The red one is shaped like a waxwing, it’s just not colored like one.
So really, Dipper passed two cryptids in search of another one.
They do get footage of a “Maraca Owl”. It looks and sounds like a Great Horned Owl, just with a maraca.
By the way, a dipper is type of aquatic songbird. I don’t know if any symbolism is meant there.
The Google Doodle for October 22 was a commemoration of the “216th Anniversary of the First Parachute Jump”. It’s a little game where you have some control over where the parachute lands you. In the sky, you encounter three species of birds- a grey-red passerine, a gull, and something parrot-ish. You can also land on some ice floes and encounter penguins.
The penguins are generics. All the penguin species that have large orange bills also have more coloration. I think the others are generics, too. The gulls and parrots don’t really match too well with real-life species, and I’m just going to call the other one a wren. Since this a game where you can parachute from France to Africa or Antarctica, I don’t think you can expect too much reality.
In Nova issue 8, Nova has a disagreement with his helmet and rips it off mid-flight, causing him to lose his powers and fall through a flock of ducks.
They seem to be Black-bellied Whistling Ducks. Field marks include the pink bills, reddish bodies, grey heads, black eyes, and white-and-black wings.
They’re mostly Central and South American birds, but they’ve been pushing up into the US, and can be found in various spots in the States. This page is taking place over Carefree, Arizona, which is near Phoenix. eBird shows sightings in the Phoenix area, so it’s not an unreasonable bird choice for the setting.
During the summoning scene, we see its head, and it looks like a Peregrine Falcon. They’re the ones with the solid dark hood. Compare to Prairie Falcons, which have strong “mustache” bars along the sides of their faces.
Peregrines were traditionally a popular choice in falconry. Their dives are the fastest speeds that birds are known to achieve.
Kung Pow: Enter the Fist ends with Master Tang lying incapacitated in a field, while a “hawk or something” chows down on his leg. The legs seem to be inserted into stock footage.
It’s probably a Red-tailed Hawk, by virtue of its visibly red tail. As I said before, they’re insanely variable. They’re not found in China, where the movie is (implicitly) set, but Kung Pow isn’t a documentary.
While they typically go after live prey, they will feed on carrion, so it’s best not to lie motionless in fields when they’re around.
In the famous “Garbage Day” scene from Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2, you can hear a couple of birds singing. One of them is plainly an American Robin, the other (at 0:15) is a bit more tricky.
I think it’s a Song Sparrow. They’re neighborhood birds, and they’re permanent residents in California, where the movie was filmed. Their song is also insanely variable.
When learning a species with highly variable songs, it’s more important to get a handle on the cadence and component parts of the song than to memorize a set phrase. Birds may remix the song parts at will, but you’ll be able to pick them out with practice.