Spiny-faced Antshrike often is rather quiet. The song is a series of evenly spaced, high pitched notes, the series rising steadily in pitch; the number of notes in the song varies from 3 to 12, with more notes given in response to playback, and 5 notes the most common number during natural singing bouts (Whitney and Rosenberg 1993).
For a representative audio recording with sonogram, see audio
Both sexes sing, but the song of the female is less rapid, slightly lower in pitch, and shorter (Whitney and Rosenberg 1993).
A call of Spiny-faced Antshrike is a fairly loud, rapid series of chak notes, most frequently three notes (chak-chak-chak), but the number of notes varying from one to five (Whitney and Rosenberg 1993).