Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

Contrary to popular belief, bald eagles have relatively weak, high-pitched, thin vocalizations composted of chirps, whistles, and harsh chatters and produce 3 main types of calls.

Contrary to popular perception, bald eagles have relatively weak, high-pitched, thin vocalizations, composed of chirps, whistles and harsh chatters. These birds produce three main types of calls, a chatter, which sounds like kwit, kwit, kwit, kwit, kee-kee-kee-kee-ker, a wail, and a peal, which is a long, high-pitched cry used when threats are perceived. Breeding pairs vocalize to each other when returning to their nest.

In addition, bald eagles may communicate threats with a series of visual displays such as head motions, wing motions, and crouching.


Image | ©️ Tony’s Takes, Some Rights Reserved, (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
Sources | (Alderfer, 2006; Beletsky, 2006; Buehler, 2020; Burnie & Wilson, 2001; Gill, 2006; Hansen, 1986; Kaufman, 2005; Sibley, 2003; Siciliano Martina, 2013)

 

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