Coqui Calling

Here is a brief video clip of a Common Coqui singing. Note how he warms up with single low-pitched notes before launching into his full call: ko … ko … ko … ko-keee … ko-keee … ko-keee …

I hope you like my coqui video. This was the only male I found who lent himself well to being videotaped. Please let me know what you think of him!


  1. This is a new comment not related to the Coqui. I am not seeing a way to make a new post to the blog. Excuse my blindness.
    I am writing to ask about a bird that sings wee gee, wee gee, oh, wee gee. I woke up to this bird’s song in South Portland, ME when we were visiting. The bird was close and sound was vivid and sharp. Does anyone have an idea who this songster is?
    On our visits to Maine there is a stark difference between the morning bird sounds I hear compared to our home in Missouri. The morning silence in Maine is the first thing noticed on waking.

  2. I recently came back from Puerto Rico in June. We flew in at night, so when we went to dinner and sat in a outside patio, the beautiful sounds of the cogui serenaded us. It was music to my ears! It took me back to my childhood when I lived in Puerto Rico in the 60’s. Thank you for a up close and and personal look at the coqui! I emailed all my siblings the video, to make them nostalgic too!

    • I suppose if they sang loudly outside your screened window every night for months on end, they may become a little annoying. They’ve been introduced in Hawaii and most folks there are not happy about that. Personally, I was quite taken by the little guys!

  3. This is absolutely wonderful! Especially being a professional singer, I love watching exactly how he is making those sweet sounds. I have only been able to observe American Toads that closely. Astonishing how much sound these little amphibians can make!

  4. I turned up the volume and “ko-KEE” got my dachshunds’ attention! I liked your comment about the frogs being “cute little buggers” – they do eat bugs, making them quite literally “buggers”! Thanks for posting everything you do – my doxies and I enjoy listening. The chipmunks chirps really got to them more than anything else, because we have chipmunks here, north of you in Union Springs, along with gray and red squirrels, flying squirrels, wild rats, and mice galore. We need a mongoose, except it would also get the Northern brown snakes that spend the winter in holes in the back yard, outside the dachshund playpen.

    • Becky: Long ago, I studied flying squirrels as a possible PhD project in animal behavior. I had several in a giant cage in my backyard and I would go sit in the cage with them at night and watch their behavior. On one occasion, an individual landed on my head, sat there for awhile and groomed, and then urinated. I remember the feel of the warm liquid running down the sides of my head. The moral of the story: if a flying squirrel pees on you, you can be sure he loves you.

      • Oh wow… that made my morning laugh!

        I think the flying squirrels are absolutely darling – but I can sure do without the reds and grays – in that order! Thanks to the grove of black walnut trees in which we live, we have no shortage of all kinds of squirrels. The reds have invaded our trailer-house (they were here before we rented it) and devote many hours to importing black walnuts and other foodstuffs, on which they crunch and munch and grind their teeth for hours at a time – usually at night while we’re trying to sleep. With eight hunting-breed dogs in the house (miniature dachshunds), it makes for some noisy outbursts at times! They stay entertained all day with the bird-feeder hanging outside the living-room window, which is usually festooned with squirrels glutting themselves on the seed.

        I’ve never actually caught a flying squirrel in the act of eating, nor even seen a live one around here, so I’m not even sure WHAT they eat, or WHEN. I have accidentally caught two in a mouse-trap baited with peanut butter, and nearly cried – they’re beautiful, ever so dainty, and unbelievably soft. A deer mouse is pretty, but a flying squirrel is about six levels beyond “beautiful.” There are lots of holes in the trees around us, which is probably where the flyers live – I think the reds are probably too territorial to allow the pretty babies to share their holes in the house and outbuildings.

  5. Although I am perfectly happy just using my ears to enjoy nature, sometimes it is nice to actually use my eyes to see these little singers in action. Thanks!

  6. Thanks so much for these adventures! Have hiked that “landslide” road many times, always grateful that the landslides have stopped the planned development of a highway.

    There are no snakes in PR because of the introduction of the mongoose (to kill snakes in the sugar fields, I believe)– which animal also finished off all other mammal and ground nesting bird populations. One lived under the dumpster of our apartment house in San Juan and was able to terrorize me just by making a big deal of running away. Taking out the garbage was an adventure.

  7. I just love your Puerto Rico adventure AND I cherish all these frogs – never thought they could sing so charmingly. Being used to pimply poison-oozing croaking toads I could never understand why a princess could kiss a frog – ah, but now I do!

  8. Yes, I do like it! And wanto thank you for taking the time and effort to share your recordings and insights. I really enjoyed your post about your quest to escape the sounds of the city and bathe yourself in coqui-ness. It was fun to follow you up the slippery path. I could not imagine doing it myself, bugs! Snakes! Mud, oh my!

    • No bugs to speak of and I never saw a snake. It was the friendliest tropical rainforest I’ve ever visited. Mud? Yep, lots of mud during my hike up El Yunque in the middle of the night. But what’s mud but just dirty water? And we’re naturally waterproof, aren’t we?

  9. Charming. Excellent view and explanation of what to look for as the little virtuoso warms up. Thank you for sharing your enthusiasm for these creatures. I’d never heard of them before. Bravo on achieving a life long dream.

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