Sounds of the Common Yellowthroat
Song: The male's distinctive, high-pitched song is a series of repeated phrases: witchety-witchety-witchety-witch. The song is loud for such a small bird, and the singer rarely stays put, hopping or flying from perch to perch between songs. The male also performs a special "flight song," given as he rises high into the air on fluttering wings. It begins with high tink notes followed by two loud chips, then several typical song phrases, and finally a complex jumble of notes as the bird descends.
Call: The distinctive alarm call is a rattling tschat or sharp steek. During aggressive social encounters, yellowthroats often make a chattering rattle.
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.