Songs and calls of some New York State birds


* means an 8kHz .au file; others are 22kHz .au. File lengths are given in kB.
Images are adapted from drawings by Chester A. Reed, B. S. in Chapman.

Common Flicker
Colaptes auratus
Flick-a, flick-a, ...
Long Island, May 1996.

Pileated Woodpecker
Dryocopus pileatus
Ithaca, May 1998.
Awoik-awoik (Stokes III). Two P.W.'s together.
Ithaca, May 1999.

Red-bellied Woodpecker
Melanerpes carolinus
Calls: "A hoarse chûh, chûh"(Chapman)
Long Island, May 1996.
"Song": "A muffled, flicker-like series" (Peterson)
Chappaqua, March 1999.
Fall vocalizations
Long Island, October 2000.
Calls (Carolina wren in background)
Long Island, May 2004
Two red-bellied woodpeckers calling and drumming. (Blue-jays, etc. in background).
Long Island, October 2106

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Sphyrapicus varius
Ritual drumming on large sign
Ritual drumming on small sign
Ritual drumming on tree
Ithaca, May 1999.
Courtship sounds: "a catlike meeyah" (Kaufman)
Ithaca, May 2002.

Hairy Woodpecker
Picoides villosus
Courting solo
Courting duet
New Brunswick, New Jersey, May 2002.
"A Kingfisher-like rattle" (Peterson)
Long Island, June 2004
Long Island, February 2013

Downy Woodpecker
Picoides pubescens
(in flight)
Long Island, June 1996.
Long Island, May 1997.
Feeding nestlings
Bear Mountain, June 1998.
More drumming
Long Island, April 2001
Two downies courting.
The scratching sounds are their claws on the bark as they danced up the tree.
Long Island, May 2002

Black-backed Three-toed Woodpecker
Picoides arcticus
"A relatively low, flat pwik" (Sibley)
Inlet, September 2004.

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Tony Phillips
Math Dept, Stony Brook University
tony at math.stonybrook.edu
October 23 2016