Library / Beginner Groups East / Rattles & Similar
This is a beginner-level comparison group of rattle-like bird songs and sounds from Land Birds of North America, Eastern/Central region.
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Belted Kingfisher
A loud rattle, highly variable in pitch; tends to repeat this call several times, unlike woodpeckers.
Downy Woodpecker
High-pitched and distinctly falling; Downy goes down.
Northern Flicker
Slow and level-pitched with laughing quality.
American Kestrel
High, rapid kily-kily-kily-kily.
White-breasted Nuthatch
Variable series of one- or two-syllable nasal whistles.
Chipping Sparrow
Steady, long, even-paced trill.
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