Why Do Eagles Screech? (Explained)

by Alex Kountry
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Eagles screech; in fact, they emit a surprisingly weak-sounding call. It’s a common high-pitched whistling or piping tone. 

The vocal range of eagles is quite diverse. High-pitched, persistent gull-like cries constitute the ‘Peal Call.’ The ‘Chatter Call’ comprises three or four initial notes, followed by a quick series of falling notes, all interrupted by short gasps of quiet.

They also produce a low-pitched ‘kuk-kuk-kuk’ sound. 

The sounds of the female are typically lower in pitch than those of males.

As nestlings, juvenile eagles employ a chirping sound to beg for food, as well as their unique ‘Peal Call.’

Adult eagles have a distinct call, and young eagles don’t. Nestlings make a single-note tonal peep after hatching.

It gets more sophisticated as it gets older, and the loudness variance increases. By the time they’re thirty days old, their call sounds a lot like an adult Bald Eagle. 

Why Do Eagles Screech?

Why Do Eagles Screech

They produce surprisingly mild noises for an animal of their size and power. Some describe it as a hybrid of “whistling” and “piping,” with a high pitch.

Some people refer to it as “chattering,” as if it were a squirrel’s squeaking or something.

Others compare it to “chirping,” which is unusual, lowering the raptor to the same level as a songbird at a bird feeder.

They do, however, sound like a little bird you could discover in your yard, or maybe a small turkey.

Eagles screech when they want something to eat, and the immature birds do this. However, when one bird feeds the other, they make a weaker sound.

The female can make a single, delicate, high-pitched note that’s unheard of in nature; this probably indicates that she’s ready for copulation.

The male’s call is a high-pitched peal that he uses to warn other birds and humans alike when they get too close.

They’ll also use it to defend communal feeding locations from invading groups of people.

Related: Here is an article I wrote on why eagles pant

How Often Do Eagles Screech?

Eagles generate low-pitched noises to communicate with one another and to adapt to their environment.

There are only a few different vocalizations they make, and no one knows what they mean.

Their principal call is a laughing cackle, a falling chitter-call; it has a gull-like call. This is a call they frequently make.

Whenever there are other eagles about or flying into a feeding place or perch, they use this technique frequently.

Bald eagles screech for a variety of reasons, including mating readiness, territorial defense, and defense against intruders.

What Bird Makes The Bald Eagle Screech?

Re-tailed hawks make the sound most people associate with eagles. When compared to eagles, their voice is stronger.

Hawks frequently make a screech-like noise when flying. When hawks want to communicate with each other, they create noises.

As a rule, hawks live in groups of no more than two, so if you hear one, there’s probably another one nearby.

A hawk’s sound changes depending on the message it wants to convey.

Unlike when they call, hawks don’t screech as a way to communicate while they’re displaying.

Whatever noise you’ll hear is unique to each species, whether you’re listening to it or not.

During mating season, they screech to attract a mate, and in-flight, they scream to demonstrate their authority over a territory, and during the fledging season, when their young are gone from the nest, they screech to attract a mate.

Do Eagles Screech At Night

Eagles do not screech at night. They are diurnal predators who spend the night dormant and only prey during the day.

As soon as the sun goes down, they make their way back to their resting area. That’s where they’ll stay till the sun starts to come up again, quiet and peaceful.

After sunset, eagles are usually fast asleep, and it’s quite unlikely that they’re the ones creating a loud screeching sound.

As a result, they can wake up in a matter of seconds if someone is approaching. So if you hear a bird screech late at night, it’s probably to scare away intruders.

Also check out this article I wrote on eagles building their nest so high

What Does It Mean When You Hear An Eagle Screech?

It’s a sign that an eagle isn’t far away. Birds communicate in a variety of ways through vocalizations.

Identification, mating, social interactions, threats, and many other things are all accomplished through the use of bird songs and sounds.

Male and female calls are both high-pitched whistling and piping. The mating call of the female is a long, low, soft sound. 

Some believe that when you hear an eagle call, it is like receiving a call to action.

The sound of an eagle provides you with the bravery and life force you need to overcome your obstacles and overcome your challenges, much as the call an eagle makes before a battle.

Putting off a significant decision or step towards your goal is a sure sign that the eagle cry is telling you that it’s time to get things done now is a sure sign.

Do Baby Eagles Screech

Baby eagles do not screech; they can beg for food and communicate with their parents using their cheeping sound rather than their screeching call.

Young Bald Eagles don’t generate a screeching noise. Wail and Peal cries develop in young eagles after four weeks.

The peal call is a high-pitched cry that comprises three to five notes that sound like a gull, followed by six or seven quick notes, and is frequently given in response to humans approaching.

There is a description of this peal that says it sounds like this: kee kee ker kwit kwit kwit kwit kee ker.

Do Eagles Screech In Trees

They do make a screeching sound when they’re up in the trees. Screaming has two purposes: to scare away predators and to warn other eagles of danger.

In addition, the eagle will scream to assert its dominance over a particular territory.

The eagle’s scream isn’t a terrifying sound in the animal kingdom, yet the eagle knows how to make the most of it.

When defending its area, the eagle’s screams can be intimidating, but when hunting, it can be as quiet as a fish.


Eagles can make a screeching sound. In addition, they make a feeble shriek, although it’s not actually a true screech.

Generally, eagles are silent, but when a predator or an intruder enters their territory, they start to scream.

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Alex Kountry

Alex Kountry is the founder of HayFarmGuy and has been a backyard farmer for over 10 years. Since then he has decided to write helpful articles that will help you become a better backyard farmer and know what to do. He also loves to play tennis and read books


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