The vocalizations of Rufous Piha are very loud, and often are described as "explosive". Calls are made at long and unpredictable intervals, and sometimes are given in response to a sudden loud noise. Descriptions of the calls include "a shrill, assertive peeer or wheeeooo; a longer whee-er-wet or wheeoweet; a softer where-weet or pee-ha; [and] a heavy, metallic, rolling chrrrg, often in series" (Stiles and Skutch 1989). Females and nestlings may utter similar but weaker whistles (Skutch 1969).
For a representative audio recording with sonogram, see audio