Golden Jackal
Sounds & Calls

Golden Jackal (Canis aureus)

Golden Jackal (Canis aureus) in Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary, Thailand

The Golden Jackal (Canis aureus) is a species of canid found in Southeast Europe, Southwest Asia, the Indian subcontinent and parts of Southeast Asia. It is also known as the Common Jackal, European Jackal, Asiatic Jackal or Reed Wolf. Golden Jackals are smaller than wolves or coyotes, and are more delicate in appearance.

Golden Jackals, like many other species of canid, make a range of howling and barking calls. Pairs and groups often howl in chorus early in the breeding season, although single jackals can also sometimes be heard howling (as in the example in the video below). Golden Jackals are known to make warning calls when they detect the presence of predators.

This species is classified as ‘Least Concern’ by the IUCN due to its widespread distribution and no doubt its ability to thrive in a variety of habitats and adapt reasonably well to disturbed habitats, as long as there is sufficient food and shelter.

Listen to Golden Jackal Sounds

The first part of the audio in the video below features a single jackal howling at night in Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctaury, Thailand. In the latter half of this video, barks can be heard – I’m not sure if these are territorial or alarm barks. These barking calls were recorded in Kaeng Krachan National Park, Thailand.