Male pheasants “crow” throughout the day all year round, especially at dawn and dusk in springtime. sounding like a truncated version of a domestic rooster’s crowing. Males also utter a series of loud, excited two-note calls when they flush. In addition, adults of each sex give specialized calls associated with flight, alarm, distress, copulation, and incubation. The female uses one call to signal her brood to hide from danger, another to call them back together.
Crowing males make a drumming sound with their wings. Following copulation, they sometimes make a low fluttering sound by rattling their tail feathers. Both sexes make sound by beating their wings together as they launch into flight.