Chipping Sparrow Calls (Learn 4 unique sounds)

Chipping Sparrows are widespread and live across most of North America. Anyone who has spent time in open woodlands has heard the Chipping Sparrow call.

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Chipping Sparrow SONGS AND CALLS:

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Sound #1: Mechanical Trill

This long, dry trill can be easily confused with Dark-Eyed Juncos. Sung by the male, this dry trill sounds more mechanical than musical. If it sounds like an annoying alarm, it is the Chipping Sparrow.

Sound #2: Identical Notes Trill

Sounding more musical than the first clip, this song still sounds very mechanical because the Chipping Sparrow never changes up the notes. A male will sing his song in less than 4 seconds and have around 55 identical notes in his song.

Sound #3: Contact Note

Both males and females use this call to stay in contact while foraging for seeds. This Chipping Sparrow call can be heard year-round by birders. If you hear it, keep an eye on the ground, as Chipping Sparrows are ground foragers.

Sound #4: ‘See-See-See’

During the breeding season, females will use this high pitched soft sounding ‘see-see-see‘ call. This call is used to attract the attention of a male and lets them know she is ready to breed.

Chipping Sparrows will also give a long ‘zeeee’ call as an alarm if danger is nearby.

Have you heard the calls and sounds of a Chipping Sparrow before?

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