If you whistle for a dog to come, you’ll know what a Bird-voiced Treefrog sounds like. Males call to attract females from May through September, emitting several high-pitched, bird-like whistles in a row. You’re more likely to hear this nocturnal amphibian than you are to see it since it is small, well camouflaged, and only descends from trees to breed. If you do catch a glimpse, the Bird-voiced Treefrog looks like a miniature Gray Treefrog but without the yellow inner thigh color.
Both Bird-voiced and Gray Treefrogs have a light spot under each eye, and body colors vary from green to gray with blotches on the back.
WILD Facts is a regular feature written by Linda May, a wildlife interpretive specialist with the Georgia DNR Wildlife Resources Division based at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center in Mansfield, Georgia.
Thursday, February 26, 2009