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Cicada Song page

The cicada sounds on this page are of North American species. See the links at the end of the page for International species.

Cicadas, depending on the species, can make sounds using tymbal organs (only males have these), wing flicks, stridulation, and crepitation. Of the cicadas that sing using typbal organs, there are multiple types of sounds they can make, and each type of sound has a different purpose: alarm/distress calls, pre-calls (warming up), calls to attract makes and establish a territory, courting calls (once a mate is found), and choruses (when males synchronize their calls).

North American Species

Species Song Type Listen Source
Diceroprocta olympusa alarm Joe Green, Florida
Diceroprocta olympusa chorus Joe Green, Florida
Diceroprocta olympusa start of call Joe Green, Florida
Diceroprocta viridifascia call Joe Green, Florida
Magicicada cassini call Joe Green, USA
Magicicada cassini chorus Dan Mozgai, New Jersey, Brood II, 2013
Magicicada cassini distress Dan Mozgai, New York, Brood II, 2013
Magicicada cassini court II & III Dan Mozgai, New York, Brood II, 2013
Magicicada septendecim court I Dan Mozgai, New Jersey, Brood II, 2013
Magicicada septendecim court III Dan Mozgai, New Jersey, Brood II, 2013
Magicicada septendecim court II & III Dan Mozgai, New Jersey, Brood II, 2013. Fingersnaps by Elias Bonaros.
Magicicada septendecim distress Dan Mozgai, New Jersey, Brood II, 2013
Magicicada septendecula call Joe Green, USA
Magicicada tredecula call Dan Mozgai, Ohio, Brood XXII; audio engineering by Roy Troutman
Magicicada tredecula call Dan Mozgai, Ohio, Brood XXII; audio engineering by Roy Troutman
Magicicada tredecula chorus Dan Mozgai, Ohio, Brood XXII; audio engineering by Roy Troutman
Magicicada septendecula call Joe Green, USA
Magicicada sp. chorus Dan Mozgai, New Jersey, Brood X
Neocicada hieroglyphica pre-call Joe Green, Florida
Neocicada hieroglyphica call Joe Green, Florida
Tibicen resonans alarm Joe Green, Florida
Tibicen resonans call Joe Green, Florida
Tibicen tibicen tibicen call Dan Mozgai, New Jersey

This table of cicada sounds only represents about 5% of North American cicada species. See the links below, for more sound files.

Websites that feature North American Cicada Calls


International Cicada Sounds