Sounds of the Eastern Kingbird
Shortcut: Sparks jumping between wires
Song: Males sing at the break of dawn and sometimes at dusk, giving a complex series of stuttering, high-pitched notes sounding like sparks jumping between wires: t-t-t't't't'-tzeet-tzeeert, repeated time and again.
Call: Common calls include a high, buzzy ktzee and a ringing ktseet. A rapid outburst of high notes known as the kitter call is given as a greeting call when members of a family come together: kitter-kitter-kitter-kitter.
Bird songs copyright 2011 by Lang Elliott. Song descriptions adapted from the book Common Birds and Their Songs (Lang Elliott, 1998: Houghton Mifflin Company) and other material by Lang Elliott. Contact: Nature Sound Studio. Photographs copyright 2011 by Brian Small and Robert Royse. All rights reserved.