English language has different verbs for different species of animals making sound, many are onomatopoeias. But is there a general verb that can be applied to an unnamed animal? e.g., can I say "I heard an animal cry" (replace cry with the appropriate verb) when I can't tell what animal is making this sound?
'Cry' is a generic term - the most generic term - that you can generally use for any animal or bird, but because the sound is indeed onomatopoeic, there are are general words for different categories of types of sound - for example:
- bellow - is low and deep
- roar - is a loud deep sound, like a lion
- call - is a higher pitched maybe repetitive conversational sound, eg birds
And so on, a useful list is published here: