Sounds of the Red-winged Blackbird
Song: The male's song is a loud, gurgling conk-a-reeeee or o-ka-leeeee.
Call: The female's primary call is a sputtering chatter, often given just as her mate sings; it is considered by some to be female song. The basic alarm or contact call given by both sexes is a staccato tsk or tink. Males respond to predators on their territories with a plaintive, whistled seeeeeee or seee-yeee.
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.