Sounds of the Wood Thrush
Shortcut: Tut, tut, oh-lay-oh-leeeee
Song: The male's song begins with several soft, almost inaudible notes followed by a beautiful sequence of flutelike whistles that rise and fall in pitch and usually end with a high, liquid trill: tut, tut, oh-lay-oh-leeeee. Each male has a repertoire of several different song types. Neighboring males may sing back and forth with such precision that they are mistaken for a single bird singing.
Call: Calls range from short volleys of shoft, throaty notes (bup-bup-bup-bup), to excited, whinnylike outbursts of high-pitched, liquid notes (pit-pit-pit-pit-pit-pit-pit).
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.