Bird of a Thousand Voices (by himself)
I'm the Bird of a Thousand Voices!
Despite his small stature, Tamaa is nearly identical in size to the egret Ono. However, unlike Ono, Tamaa sports short legs and a large body, with an impressive wingspan. His feathers are navy blue, almost black, and the undersides of his wings and his wingtips are paler in color. His beak is pale gray, as are his legs, which sport pale stripes, and he has a short, spiky crest on his forehead. Perhaps his most distinguishing feature is the long train of his tail, which hangs down by two long threads and ends in identical black feathers.
Deceptive and sly, Tamaa puts his voice mimicry to good use. He is unashamed of his dishonest ways, even going so far as to call it an "act" and a "game," and has a tendency to feign innocence in order to avoid being reprimanded. However, after helping the Lion Guard save a herd of impalas, he changes his ways, vowing to only use his talent for good.
As a chick, Tamaa learned that he had a knack for imitating the voices of predators. However, he struggled to feed himself, and so he turned to using his talent to trick small animals into abandoning their food for fear of nearby predators.
Tamaa begins using his voice on several Pride Landers at once, pretending to be Goigoi, Janja, and Makuu in order to scare animals away from their food. However, the Lion Guard is alerted to the situation, and they begin sniffing around for the seemingly invisible predators.
While they're searching, the Lion Guard overhears Janja, and they follow his voice to where Tamaa sits perched in a bush. The Lion Guard presses him for information, and the bird points them in the right direction. However, as they're following Tamaa's instructions, Ono suddenly instructs the Lion Guard to turn back.
Once they've returned to Tamaa, they witness him mimicking Janja's voice in order to scare off a hyrax. A furious Kion confronts him for his wrongdoing, and Tamaa admits that he's been the one scaring off animals in order to steal their food. He then sings "Bird of a Thousand Voices" to explain his talent to the Lion Guard. Despite Tamaa's impressive skill, Kion remains unimpressed and makes Tamaa promise to only use his own voice from now on.
Once the Lion Guard is gone, Tamaa attempts to kindly ask animals for their food, but his efforts prove futile. Frustrated and hungry, Tamaa resorts to using his voice once more to steal from innocent animals, but Janja happens to overhear him and corners him in a bush. Tamaa begs the hyenas not to eat him, and Janja assures him that he has other plans for the drongo. Sure enough, Janja forces Tamaa to imitate Kion's voice and send a herd of impalas into the Outlands. The plan works, and the hyenas hold Tamaa captive as they follow the herd into the Outlands.
Back in the Pride Lands, the Lion Guard happens across a zebra who is fervently trying to escape danger. Upon being questioned, the zebra reveals that he and the impalas had heard Kion instructing them to go to the Outlands for safety. Suspicious, Kion surmises that Janja is forcing Tamaa to herd impalas into the Outlands for his own satisfaction, and the Lion Guard rushes to put a stop to the danger.
Meanwhile, Tamaa is forced to watch as Janja creeps up on the herd of impalas, who have been successfully herded into the Outlands. With Janja distracted, Tamaa manages to imitate his voice and trick Cheezi into letting him go. Once free, Tamaa imitates the other Lion Guard members and scares Janja and his cronies into a huddle.
However, Janja realizes that Cheezi had let the drongo go, and he corners Tamaa in the ravine. Just in time, the real Lion Guard arrives and chases the hyenas away from Tamaa and the herd of impalas. Together, they escort the impalas back to the Pride Lands, where Tamaa vows to only use his voice for good from now on. After making his promise, Tamaa imitates Bunga's voice as he swoops away.
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