SOUNDS OF AFRICAM
B I R D S
All sounds recorded from Africam.com
Barn Owl ♦ Black Cuckoo ♦ Blacksmith Lapwing ♦ Black-backed Puffback ♦ Black-collared Barbet ♦ Black-crowned Tchagra ♦ Black-headed Oriole ♦ Bronze-winged Courser ♦ Brown-headed Parrot ♦ Brown-hooded Kingfisher ♦ Burchell's Coucal ♦ Burchell's Starling ♦ Brubru ♦
Repeated fairly high-pitched series of notes "purr purr piu piu piu piu"
"hoop-hoop, hoop-hoop-hoop" frequently repeated
Click here to see a video recording of the African Fish Eagle calling at Nkorho waterhole
Highly vocal, pitch of male higher than that of female.
A high-pitched whistled call, often calls in chorus
A soft "prrrrrp" repeated at about 10-second intervals
basic sound is "scurr-scurr-scurr" (sound 1)
1 or 2 birds start calling, others join in crescendo, then calling dies away. (sound 2)
An eerie, loud screech
Male calls "whoo whoo wheee" likened to "I'm so sick", Female gives a fast "yow-yow-yow-yow-yow"
A metallic "klink klink klink"repeated loudly and continuously
A liquid, bubbling "doo-doo-doo-doo" in descending scale, sounding like water running out of a bottle.
"Work harder, work harder"(sound 1)
Also makes a snarling "kerr" on landing. (sound 2)
A trilling "trrrrrrrrr...." like a muffled alarm clock
A shrill "kwerri-kwetchi, kwerri-kwetchi" sounding like "beer & cognac, beer & cognac"
"du,du ... du-du... du-du-dudu-du-du-du" soft descending and tailing off at the end.
"my mother dead, my father dead, everybody dead dead dead dead"
"koo-WEEU, koo-WIririri, also set to words "Good Lord deliver us"
also imitates other birdcalls
Grey go-away Bird
a harsh, nasal "kweh-h-h-h or "go way-y-y"
"Hueet-jie" repeated 5 or 6 times.
a bubling "koo-koo-ku-ru-kutu-koo"
a loud "klee-klee-kleeuu" followed by a "tututututututu" descending in scale
"chi chi chi ch-r-r-r-r-r-" the last syllable with a distinct rattle.
on the recording you hear a female calling
A loud cackling sound, starting off slowly. Several birds call together, likened to laughter of women.
3-note call : Wip-wip-weeu, likened to the Afrikaans"Piet-my-vrou", often repeated, female calls "pik-pik-pik-pik"
"coo-coo-coo-koo-cuk-coo" likened to "I am a red-eyed dove"
the call is a piping "thi-wit"
the call is a "oomph-oomph" frequently repeated.
a rapid hollow-sounding "tok tok tok tok tok tokatokatoka"
very loud, harsh crowing, "krrraa krrraa krrraa", repeated 6-7 times
very loud braying, laughing, trumpeting, squealing and wailing calls
vocal mostly morning and evening
calls 'kleeeeu" while soaring, contact call is a rapid "kyip-kyip-kyip"
a bubbling "b-b-b-b-b-bhoooo" repeated
a loud "yimp-trrrrrrrrrrrrrr" (sound 1)
Sound 2 : this call is made when sitting close to each other, or when one lands on a branch next to or close to its mate. They usually open their wings slightly and bob up and down when making this call.
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