Sounds & Calls


Shrew sp.
Photo credit: Cezary Korkosz /

Shrews are tiny mammals that make a range of high-pitched twittering, squeaking and chirping calls. Studies suggest some of these high-frequency sounds are used for echolocation to assist the shrew to move in its nearby surroundings. Shrews can be (relatively!) noisy little creatures. They are often heard making these sounds incessantly as they scramble about through grass and undergrowth. Some species of shrew also make louder alarm squeaks when they feel threatened.

Keep in mind shrew calls are pushing the upper limit of human hearing so if you have lost some of your high-frequency hearing ability you might struggle to hear the shrew sounds in the video below!

Listen to Shrew Sounds

The audio in the video below was recorded in a meadow in Essex in the United Kingdom where three species of shrew are possibly present – Common Shrew (Sorex araneus), Eurasian Pygmy Shrew (Sorex minutus) & Eurasian Water Shrew (Neomys fodiens). The differentiation bewteen the calls of these species is not well-known so until I find further clarification I can only say these sounds belong to one of these three species! Will update here if I confirm ID to species level in the future.