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This is a list of animal sounds. This list contains words used in the English language to represent the noises and vocalizations of particular animals, especially noises used by animals for communication. Words on the list are in the form of verbs, though many can also be used as nouns or interjections, including many onomatopoeias. This list also contains audio recordings of animal sounds.

List of animal sounds[edit]

Animal Name of sound Audio recording of sound
Alligator bellow
Alligator bellow
Antelope snort[1]
Badgers growl[2]
Bats screech[3]
Bears roar, growl
Bees buzz[4]
Hummel bee
Big cats (tigers, lions, jaguars & leopards) roar,[5] growl,[6] snarl[7]
Bitterns boom[8]
Calves low, moo
Cats mew, meow, purr, hiss
Cat meow
Chickens cluck (female; OP: cha-caw, bah-gawk [9]); crow [10]ter|male]]; OP: cock-a-doodle-doo)
Chimpanzees scream
Chinchillas squeak[11]
Cicadas chirp[12]
Cows low, moo
Crickets chirp
Crows caw, cah[13]
Black Crow
Curlews pipe[14]
Deer bellow (buck), bleat (doe, fawn)
Dogs/wolves bark, howl, growl, bay (OP: arf, bow-wow, ruff, woof, yap)
Dolphins click[15]
Donkeys/asses hee-haw[16] also bray
Ducks quack
Eagles screech[17]
Bald Eagle
Elephants trumpet
Elk bugle (male),[18] bleat (calves)[19]
Elk bellow
Foxes yiff
Ferrets dook[20]
Frogs/toads croak (OP: ribbit)
Common Toad
Giraffes bleat[21]
Geese honk, hiss
Geese Honking
Grasshoppers chirp[22]
Guinea pigs squeak[23]
Hamsters squeak[24]
Hermit crabs chirp[25]
Horses neigh, whinny, nicker
Hippopotami growl[26]
Hyenas laugh
Linnets chuckle[27]
Magpies chatter[28]
Mice/rats squeak
Monkeys scream, chatter
Mantled Howler Monkey (Alouatta palliata)
Moose bellow[29]
Mosquitos buzz, whine[30]
Okapis cough, bellow[31]
Oxen moo
Owls hoot, hiss, screech (screech owls)
Barn Owl
Parrots squawk, talk
Rose-ringed Parakeet
Peacocks scream[32]
Pigs/hogs oink,[26][33] snort,[34] squeal, grunt
Pigeons coo
Wood pigeon
Prairie dogs bark[35]
Rabbits/Hares squeak[36]
Raccoons trill[37]
Ravens caw
Rhinoceroses bellow
Rooks caw
Seals bark[38]
Sheep/goats/lambs bleat, baa
Snakes hiss, rattle
Songbirds chirrup, chirp, tweet, sing, warble (larks / warblers / wrens),[39][40] twitter (sparrows)[41]
Swans cry, trumpet, bugle
Tapirs squeak[42]
Tarantulas hiss
Tokay geckos croak[43]
Turkeys gobble
Vultures scream
Walruses groan
Whales sing
Killer Whale
Zebras bark,[44] bray

Note: In the above list, a notation of "OP" refers to onomatopoeia.

See also[edit]


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