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Tufted Titmice Singing & Calling

3-24-17 tufted titmouse 085The two-note “Peter-Peter” song of the Tufted Titmouse has just started to ring out through northern New England woods. Although titmice may pair up any time of year, the singing of the males is still a vital part of establishing territory and courtship. The rate and the volume at which these songs are sung is highest during pre-nesting, nest-building, egg-laying and incubation.

While the Tufted Titmouse’s song is familiar, its calls are more numerous and varied. Twelve different Tufted Titmouse calls have been identified. They range from the ‘chick-a-dee’ and ‘seet’ calls made in reponse to predators, to the hissing done by a female titmouse in a cavity, defending her nest.

To hear both songs and calls of the Tufted Titmouse, go to

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3 responses

  1. Jodie Moriarty

    I had a few at my feeder today. If you scroll down a little she gives the website to hear their song and call.

    I pressed play and Mabel froze in her tracks! Started looking around for the birds. 🐦

    Sent from my iPhone


    March 24, 2017 at 6:27 pm

  2. They are persistent callers, too, I might add!

    March 24, 2017 at 9:31 pm

  3. I remember when this species first moved into Vermont from the south, a new voice in the forest.

    March 25, 2017 at 9:14 am

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