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Why Birds Sing

These common Eastern U.S. bird sounds are for use in a sound matching game.

You can download the sounds below for personal or educational use, including closer examination with a sound visualization program such as Raven Lite. To download a .wav file to your computer, right-click on a PC (or control-click on a Mac) and select "Save Target As" (PC) or "Save Link As" (Mac).

Sounds and images courtesy of Macaulay Library, Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Backyard Bird Sounds

American Crow American Crow
caw call

female quack

American Goldfinch  American Goldfinch
song with potato-chip
  Mourning Dove Mourning Dove
coo song
American Robin American Robin
cheer up, cheerily song
  Northern Cardinal Northern Cardinal
wha-cheer song

Black-capped Chickadee Black-capped Chickadee
typical fee-bee song
  Red-winged Blackbird Red-winged Blackbird
conk-la-ree song

Blue Jay

Blue Jay
typical jay call

White-breasted Nuthatch

White-breasted Nuthatch

wha-wha-wha song



kill-deer call


For extension activities on why birds sing, see Videos: Bird Sounds in Context, which shows the behaviors and postures associated with different calls and songs.