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Bird whistle from a settlement at Spina, near Ferrara, c.500 BC. The player blows through a hole in the bird's tail, and by covering the hole in each wing, can produce the sound of a cuckoo.  This instrument is the direct ancestor of the cuckoo used in toy symphonies.

Bird whistle from a settlement at Spina, near Ferrara, c.500 BC. The player blows through a hole in the bird's tail, and by covering the hole in each wing, can produce the sound of a cuckoo. This instrument is the direct ancestor of the cuckoo used in toy symphonies.

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