|photo by Colin Wooley|
Verdins have several vocalizations. The song vs. the call can sometimes be difficult to determine.The male "song" can be a one, two, or three syllable whistling " tseet" or "tseet- tsoor" or "tseet- tsoor -tsoor", the female's response call is a quieter version of the single note "tseet". There are gentle, quiet, warbling,musical, twittering calls used by the pair when they greet one another near the nest. Both sexes use the scolding call a repeated, staccato chip, chip, chip or tip, tip, tip, and the predator call..The predator call is difficult to describe but it is a repeated, je-je-je-je-je, a machine-like sound that reminds me of a cactus wren song, but higher pitched.During winter, I have heard only the scolding call, until yesterday, when I began to hear verdins using the tseet single note call all over Shoshone. Male Verdins will soon become aggressive toward each other, than pair formation will begin. Nesting usually Peaks in late April, but continues in Shoshone till July.