In Trinidad, sitting on a gallery overlooking a valley in the northern range, just north of Arima, we saw a hawk fly over a house and it let out a sharp call. An elder of the Carib Community, now passed on, quietly said "dead bird calling." A week or so later, the man in that house passed away. In Canada there is a famous story, and movie, that I think is called, "The Owl Called My Name," and the idea is the same -- a bird announcing one's death. Do people from other parts of the Caribbean, and/or those who have some knowledge of American Indians on the U.S. mainland, also share this belief, and as far as you know is it an indigenous belief? Where do you think it comes from?