This bird whistle or bird caller is just so simple and fast to make it’s crazy. But what’s even better is the fun I had learning to play it, it was a bit like being a kid again and learning a new skill for the first time. Some of the silly faces and strangled noises during the 5 minutes it took to master it gave us all a laugh. So let’s have a look at how to make a bird whistle or animal call.
How to make a bird whistle or animal call
The parts you need are simple, some foam shapes (child friendly), a latex glove, and some super glue. The assembly instructions are in the video below.
How to tune the bird whistle
The reason I call this a Bird whistle or Animal call is because it has the ability to change the pitch and tone, by doing a few simple tweaks. Some designs have a bird like sound, some sound more like wild animals or monkeys. Here are some of the factors that I found change pitch and tone…
- The tension of the latex membrane – Altering the amount of stretch, not just overall, but from top to bottom of the latex membrane as an example, will change the noise that comes out.
- Glove type and thickness – Thin latex gloves seem to work best, but it also works with washing up gloves as well. One of my best high pitched whistles came from what seemed to be some sort of composite polythene and latex type disposable glove.
- Shape and size of centre circle – The depth, width, and overall shape is also a factor.
Bird whistle plans template PDF
The template and plans below are actual scans of working bird whistles, so as long as your latex isn’t too tight, thick, or loose, you should have it working in no time.
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How to play a bird whistle
Heres my technique. Place the whistle on the first third of your tongue with the flat side outwards towards your front teeth. Close your mouth and push the whistle into the roof of your mouth, so there is a small air gap between your tongue and the whistle. Now repeatedly make a hissing noise by forcing air through this gap. If you have no joy after 60 seconds, consider moving the whistle slightly backwards or forwards and trying again. Flipping the bird whistle upside down (but still flat side out) may also help. Once you have the knack you should not have a problem again. I would always advise making more than one whistle, just in case you have made a faulty whistle.
If you’re still having problems check this guy out…
This project contains small parts that when placed into the mouth could present a choking hazard, especially for small children. Please use common sense, and keep these away from small children. This bird whistle is also very loud, I measured over 100 decibels. Make sure you use non toxic versions of anything you place in your mouth.