Sounds & Calls
Of the 50 or so species of macropod found in Australia, most are very quiet. However both the Eastern Grey Kangaroo (Macropus giganteus) & Western Grey Kangaroo (Macropus fuliginosus) have been documented making a range of sounds. These two species are distributed widely across the continent and are abundant in many areas.
What does a kangaroo sound like? Male Eastern & Western Grey Kangaroos make loud ‘coughing’ growls or barking calls, often when fighting over females. You can hear some samples of these sounds below. Also, male Eastern Grey Kangaroos have been documented emitting soft clucking sounds when interacting with a female. Mothers make a similar sound when communicating with their joeys.
Perhaps the most commonly heard noise made by a kangaroo is the sound of it’s feet thumping the ground as it bounds away! Listen to an example of this in the third sample below.