What Sound Does A Rooster Make Around The World?

“What sound does a rooster make?”

I wrote about this a long time ago after stumbling on a Quora thread about rooster sounds.

It’s actually quite an interesting linguistic phenomenon. (Wait, is phenomenon the right word?)

This surfaced again recently because I got into fairly hilarious debate with a friend about what a rooster sounds like. She’s from Mexico and says el gallo sounds like: kikirikí or ki-kiri-ki or quiquiriqui.

Well, that’s not what a rooster sounds like in the United States.

Our roosters say, “Cock-a-doodle-doo!” And they really do! At least, that’s what I think.

And when I told her that, she laughed. At me and probably at the rooster.



Guess what, here’s proof that roosters say “cock-a-doodle-doo.”

And here’s more!

So let me ask you this: Are roosters saying “cock-a-doodle-doo”? Or is the English language not creative enough to handle onomatopoeia? (Shout at me in the comments or on Facebook!)

I looked around Youtube to see if anyone had made a video about this. And there were a couple, but this news agency took it to a new level.

Check it out below to learn what a rooster sounds like around the world:

I looked around and found a couple of more examples!

What roosters sound like in other countries

  • Romanian: Cucurigu
  • German : kikeriki
  • Farsi: ghoo-ghoo-lee ghoo-ghoo
  • Tagalog: Tilaok.
  • Hindi: kuk du ku
  • Russian: ku-ka-re-KU
  • Swedish: kuckeliku
  • Chinese: wo-wo-wo
  • Tamil: kokkarakkō
  • Japanese: kokekokko
  • Portuguese: Cocoricó
  • Korean: kko-kko-kkee-oh
  • French: cook-a-rie-kee
What sound does a rooster make around the world
I tried looking for “Roosters screaming”, but didn’t find any. What a shame!

Which brings me to this question: Can a rooster from China understand its counterpart from France, and vice versa? Or will they just scream at each other?

But I know this for a fact:

Chicken tastes good all around the world.

Who makes the best chicken dish, however, is a fight I don’t want to start.

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