Everyone, even birders, watches the Super Bowl. And everyone who watches the Super Bowl watches the commercials.
So, lots of birders saw the Apartments.com commercial starring Jeff Goldblum. If you missed it, here it is again. Pay particular attention to Jeff Goldblum's piano as it's being pulled up the side of the building.
Yep, a gull. Here are some screenshots, in case you missed it.
Due to the Migratory Bird [Treaty] Act, it is ILLEGAL to use our native birds in the United States. So, in order to abide by this FEDERAL law, and also provide man types and varieties of birds that could be used for shots that require birds that look native, we have the LARGEST collection of working, non native species [of] birds to fill that void. To the average person, the birds we have ... would not be odd to see in their backyards. Some of these look similar to our native species!Holy. Shit.
So, despite my giving grief to what I just figured were careless directors, native birds couldn't be used as actors no matter what! The apologetic wording of that disclaimer also tells me that directors clearly are looking for native birds, and these guys have to just steer them elsewhere.
I ... I am reeling here. My life has been a lie, a mean lie. I need to apologize.
Apologies to you, Big Bang Theory. Sorry, Dos Equis. Mea culpa, Mountain Dew. Apologies to anyone I've insulted in my long history of insulting for using a non-native bird in something set in the U.S.
Of course, it's not illegal to use the sounds of a native bird. There's still no excuse for that (it's even easier to get right than using animal actors), so y'all still on watch.