Wild Turkey Calls And What They Mean

Wild Turkeys are able to make several varieties of sounds. The following are primary wild turkey calls. Each of these sounds carry unique message. The big and spectacular birds are increasingly common sight and flocks stride around woods as well as clearings just like miniature dinosaurs. The following are their calls and what they mean.

wild turkey callsCluck

This sound comprises of a single or more short and staccato notes. Many times, the plain cluck includes 2-3, single note clucks. Generally, it’s used by a bird to draw attention of the other. This is some good call to assure an approaching gobbler that there’s some hen waiting for him


This is single note, basically associated as alarm. It could be different notes, rapid or sharp fashion, and normally meaning they have heard or seen something which is, danger.

Tree call

Another of the turkey calls is called a tree call. This is generally a series of soft as well as muffled yelps given by roosted bird. Often, it picks in volume as the fly down time approaches, sometimes accompanied by a soft clucking. It’s generally taken as call to communicate with the others in a flock.

Plain Yelp of Hen

Wild Turkey will also make this basic turkey sound. It’s normally delivered in series of some single note vocalizations, and might have several meanings, depending on how the bird uses it.

Cutting of Excited Hen

The cutting is a sequence of loud, fast and erratic single notes. It is a modified cluck, and is a unique call with somewhat questioning nature. It may be heard from far and is sometimes used by one wild turkey that’s searching for companionship.

Adult Hen Assembly Call

This is another of the turkey calls which is a sequence of loud yelps made to assemble young poults or her flock.

Fly Down Cackle

This type of turkey sounds are generally linked with movement. It may be heard when the wild turkey is flying down or up from a roost, across a creek or off a ridge. The sound normally comprises of three to ten irregularly spaced notes. This is a movement call which is sparingly used.

Kee Kee Run

The Kee Kee run is the young turkeys’ lost call and variations made by adult turkeys. Often it’s linked with fall hunting, though it may also be successfully used during spring. This is how it sounds like, though a variation of this call, called kee kee run is just a “Kee Kee” with a yelp.


This is a soft and rolling call the turkeys make when they are contented. It may be normally heard by feeding birds. It’s not loud call.

Cluck and Purr

This kind of turkey sound is single note, or notes, normally linked with flock talk, and that feeling of contentment. Often, it’s amplified. It’s a cluck and followed by a rolling which is almost a staccato.


This is among the major sounds of male wild turkey and is used basically in the spring to let the hens be aware he’s in the area.

Download and learn Wild Turkey Sounds to use for your hunting or wildlife watching. Can be easily added to your sound device or electronic call or just use them as a ringtone.

For details on downloading the sound files, go to main Downloads page and follow information at bottom of page.

Turkey Purr (1)turkeyDownload: Turkey Purr (1)
Turkey Gobble (1)turkeyDownload: Turkey Gobble (1)
 turkeyDownload: turkey alarm
 turkeyDownload: Turkey Toms
10-Cluck And PurrturkeyDownload: turkey cluck and purr
Turkey CuttturkeyDownload: Turkey Cutt
11-Owl HootingturkeyDownload: turkey owl hooting
Turkey Kee Kee (1)turkeyDownload: Turkey Kee Kee (1)
Turkey CackleturkeyDownload: Turkey Cackle
 turkeyDownload: turkeys
02-PuttturkeyDownload: turkey putt
Turkey (Cartoon)turkeyDownload: turkey
Turkey GobbleturkeyDownload: Turkey Gobble
 turkeyDownload: turkeyAlarm
Turkey Gobble 2turkeyDownload: Turkey Gobble 2
 turkeyDownload: Turkey02
Turkey Cutt 1turkeyDownload: Turkey Cutt 1
 turkeyDownload: Turkey Panic
Turkey HensturkeyDownload: Turkey Hens
 turkeyDownload: turkey2
12-GobblingturkeyDownload: turkey gobbling
Turkey Lost Yelp 1turkeyDownload: Turkey Lost Yelp 1
 turkeyDownload: Turkey01
Turkey Hen YelpsturkeyDownload: Turkey Hen Yelp
05-Cutting of Excited HenturkeyDownload: turkey cutting
Turkay Cluck 1turkeyDownload: Turkey Cluck 1
07-Fly Down CackleturkeyDownload: turkey fly down cackle
06-Adult Hen Assembly CallturkeyDownload: turkey assemble call
Turkey PurrturkeyDownload: Turkey Purr
 turkeyDownload: gobble wav
Turkey Cackle 1turkeyDownload: Turkey Cackle 1
Turkey Cluck (1)turkeyDownload: Turkey Cluck (1)
 turkeyDownload: Sound Effect - Turkey Gobble 01
Turkey Kee KeeturkeyDownload: Turkey Kee Kee
Turkey Purr (2)turkeyDownload: Turkey Purr (2)
 turkeyDownload: turkey yelp
Turkey WhineturkeyDownload: Turkey Whine
Turkey Tree YelpturkeyDownload: Turkey Tree Yelp
Turkey Cutting (1)turkeyDownload: Turkey Cutting (1)
Turkey Kee Kee Run 1turkeyDownload: Turkey Kee Kee Run 1
01-CluckturkeyDownload: turkey cluck
08-Kee Kee RunturkeyDownload: turkey kee kee run
03-Tree CallturkeyDownload: turkey tree call
Turkey in WildturkeyDownload: Turkey in Wild
Turkey Hen Yelp (1)turkeyDownload: Turkey Hen Yelp (1)
Turkey Fly Down Cackle 2turkeyDownload: Turkey Fly Down Cackle 2
Turkey Yelp 4turkeyDownload: Turkey Yelp 4
Turkey Yelp 1turkeyDownload: Turkey Yelp 1
 turkeyDownload: Sound Effect - Turkey Gobble 02
Turkey Fighting Purr 1turkeyDownload: Turkey Fighting Purr 1
Turkey Cluck 2turkeyDownload: Turkey Cluck 2
 turkeyDownload: turkey