The song of the Townsend’s Solitaire is a complex finchlike or thrasherlike song consisting of short, rich warbles that change abruptly in pitch. Each phrase is strung together in bouts lasting about a minute. Males and females sing throughout the year, but the female’s song is softer.
Townsend’s Solitaires have 4 types of calls. The most commonly heard is a high-pitched clear ringing note that they give about 30 times per minute. They give this tew call year-round to defend their territories. The other 3 types of calls include a harsh note used when defending their territories against other species; a single, low-pitched note given during food exchanges; and a harsh raspy alarm call given by breeding solitaires.