people in Hawaii, unaccustomed to the sound, find the coqui’s
mating call objectionable.
Others have come to enjoy the sound, which is loved in
Puerto Rico, the native home for the coqui.
In fact, the coqui frog is the national animal of Puerto
Rico, and is immortalized in local folklore.
sound of the coqui is like a two-tone bird chirp.
The coqui’s song is no louder than that of some birds
or crickets. In fact, one of the first impressions one gets from the
frog’s song is that it is some exotic nighttime bird.
The coquis sing this mating song until dawn, harmonizing
with the tropical sounds of crickets and surf that grace the
you have trouble getting used to their sound around your home,
here are some suggestions.
Clear trees, brush and leaf litter from around
your home. The
coqui frogs do not like lawns.
The greater the clearing around your home, the farther
away the frogs will be, making their sound more tolerable.
Wear earplugs to sleep. There are many types available.
Or use cotton balls.
Get chickens and ducks, which are reported to eat
the frogs. Of
course, you will have to put up with their
Some people find the sound of the coquis much more pleasant when they think of it as a cheerful, festive sound. After all, it is a mating call. Others find the frogs are much more acceptable once they realized that the coquis eat mosquitoes, roaches and other pests. And still others prefer the sound of coquis to the sounds of neighbors fighting, generators, cars and motorcycles, and other noise pollution. Every tropical area in the world has frogs singing at night.
One of the best ways to get used to the coquis’
song is to hear it as music, and not as noise.
We encourage people disturbed by the sound to play along,
either by whistling, playing a musical instrument, or singing. All styles of music lend themselves well to the song of the
coqui. Try it.