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A Helpful Guide To French Animal Sounds

With a meugle meugle here and a grogne grogne there, here’s our guide to animal sounds in French.
A Helpful Guide To French Animal Sounds

Dogs bark, cats meow, birds chirp, turtles…do something. The world is filled with animal noises, so it only makes sense that languages are filled with words to describe those noises. French and English have a few similarities in their terms, but some seem very different. Some of them are onomatopoeia while others are not, but they’re all entertaining. Here’s our guide to French animal sounds, along with a collection of French animal names for good measure.

Animal Sounds You’ll Hear In French

English Name French Name English Animal Sound French Animal Sound
Bat Chauve-souris Screech
The bat screeches
Grincement
La chauve-souris grince
Bear Ours Growl
The bear growls
Grognement
L’ours grogne
Bee Abeille Hum
The bee hums
Bourdonnement
L’abeille bourdonne
Blackbird Merle Whistle
The blackbird whistles
Babillage
Le merle babille
Bull Taureau Bellow
The bull bellows
Mugissement
Le taureau mugit
Camel Chameau Grunt
The camel grunts
Blatèrement
Le chameau blatère
Cat Chat Mew
The cat mews
Miaulement
Le chat miaule
Chickadee Mésange No English term Zinzulement
La mésange zinzinule
Cicada Cigale Sing
The cicad sings
Chant
La cigale chante
Cow Vache Moo
The cow moos
Meuglement
La vache meugle
Cricket Criquet Chirp
The cricket chirps
Stridulation
Le criquet stridule
Crocodile Crocodile Bellow
The alligator bellows
Lamentation
Le crocodile lamente
Crow Corneille Caw
The crow caws
Craillement
La corneille craille
Deer Cerf Bell
The deer bells
Brame
Le cerf brame
Donkey Âne Bray
The donkey brays
Braiment
L’âne brait
Doe Biche Bell
The doe bells
Brame
La biche brame
Dog Chien Bark
The dog barks
Aboiement
Le chien aboie
Dolphin Dauphin Click
The dolphin clicks
Cliquetis
Le dauphin cliquette
Duck Canard Quack
The duck quacks
Cancan
Le canard cancane
Eagle Aigle Scream
The eagle screams
Glatissement
L’aigle glatit
Elephant Éléphant Trumpet
The elephant trumpets
Barrissement
L’éléphant barrit
Ewe Brebis Bleat
The ewe bleats
Bêlement
La brebis bêle
Finch Pinson Chirp
The finch chirps
Ramage
Le pinson ramage
Fox Renard Yelp
The fox yelps
Glapissement
Le renard glapit
Goat Chèvre Bleat
The goat bleats
Bêlement
La chèvre bêle
Goose Oie Honk
The goose honks
Cacardement
L’oie cacarde
Grasshopper Sauterelle Chirp
The grasshopper chirps
Stridulation
La sauterelle stridule
Groundhog Marmotte Whistle
The groundhog whistles
Sifflement
La marmotte siffle
Hare Lièvre Squeak
The hare squeaks
Vagissement
Le lièvre vagit
Hen Poule Cackle
The hen cackles
Caquetage
La poule caquette
Hippopotamus Hippopotame Growl
The hippopotamus growls
Grognement
L’hippopotame grogne
Horse Cheval Neigh
The horse neighs
Hennissement
Le cheval hennit
Hyena Hyène Laugh
The hyena laughs
Ricanement
La hyène ricane
Jay Geai Chatter
The jay chatters
Jasement
Le geai jase
Kangaroo Kangourou Chortle
The kangaroo chortles
Toux
Le kangourou tousse
Lark Alouette Warble
The lark warbles
Grisollement
L’alouette grisolle
Lion Lion Roar
The lion roars
Rugissement
Le lion rugit
Llama Lama Hum
The llama hums
Hennissement
Le lama hennit
Magpie Pie Chatter
The magpie chatters
Jacassement
La pie jacasse
Monkey Singe Scream
The monkey screams
Cri
Le singe crie
Mouse Souris Squeak
The mouse squeaks
Chicotement
La souris chicote
Nightingale Rossignol Sing
The nightingale sings
Gringottement
Le rossignol gringotte
Otter Otarie Hiss
The otter hisses
Bêlement
L’otarie bêle
Female Owl Chouette Hoot
The owl hoots
Chuintement
La chouette chuinte
Male Owl Hibou Hoot
The owl hoots
Hululement
Le hibou hulule
Ox Bœuf Bellow
The ox bellows
Beuglement
Le bœuf beugle
Panther Panthère Roar
The panther roars
Feulement
La panthère feule
Partridge Perdrix No English term Cacabement
La perdrix cacabe
Peacock Paon Scream
The peacock screams
Criaillement
Le paon criaille
Pheasant Faisan Call
The pheasant calls
Criaillement
Le faisan criaille
Pig Cochon Oink
The pig oinks
Grognement
Le cochon grogne
Pigeon Pigeon Coo
The pigeon coos
Roucoulement
Le pigeon roucoule
Rabbit Lapin Squeak
The rabbit squeaks
Clapissement
Le lapin clapit
Ram Bélier Bleat
The ram bleats
Blatèrement
Le bélier blatère
Rat Rat Squeak
The rat squeaks
Chicotement
Le rat chicote
Raven Corbeau Caw
The raven caws
Croassement
Le corbeau croasse
Roe deer Chevreuil Bark
The roe deer barks
Raire
Le chevreuil rait
Rooster Coq Crow
The rooster crows
Chant
Le coq chante
Sheep Mouton Bleat
The sheep bleats
Bêlement
Le mouton bêle
Snake Serpent Rattle
The snake rattles
Sifflement
Le serpent siffle
Sparrow Moineau Chirp
The sparrow chirps
Pépiement
Le moineau pépie
Sparrowhawk Épervier No English term Piaulement
L’épervie piaule
Stork Cigogne No English term Craquètement
La cigogne craquette
Swallow Hirondelle Twitter
The swallow tweets
Gazouillement
L’hirondelle gazouille
Swan Cygne Cry
The swan cries
Drensement
Le cygne drense
Tiger Tigre Growl
The tiger growls
Feulement
Le tigre feule
Toad Crapaud Croak
The toad croaks
Coassement
Le crapaud coasse
Turkey Dinde Gobble
The turkey gobbles
Glougloutement
La dinde glougloute
Turtle dove Tourterelle No English term Gémissement
La tourterelle gémit
Wasp Guêpe Buzz
The wasp buzzes
Vrombissement
La guêpe vrombit
Whale Baleine Sing
The whale sings
Chant
La baleine chante
Wolf Loup Howl
The wolf howls
Hurlement
Le loup hurle
Zebra Zèbre Neigh
The zebra neighs
Hennissement
Le zèbre hennit

This article originally appeared in the French edition of Babbel Magazine.

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