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Web Topic 2.6
Sample Animal Sounds


It is often difficult to imagine what a particular animal sounds like from a text treatment. In these pages, we provide examples of most of the types of vibration production known in animals. Note that the sounds that were recorded—which you will hear—are rarely the original vibrations. Instead, the initial vibrations have been modified in various ways before being emitted, often in a frequency-dependent fashion, into the surrounding medium. Note also that some of the recordings below were recorded in air, some under water, and some by placing a special sensor against a plant stem or leaf. Most of the recordings listed below are currently archived at the Macaulay Library of the Cornell University Laboratory of Ornithology (Ithaca, New York). This is currently the world’s largest archive of animal sounds and access is free. Other sources are listed as needed.

Sources and tools

Before accessing some of the sounds in the table below, you will need to install a player plugin on your computer. There are two options:

The samples:

  1. Solid body part moved against other solid or reshaped
    1. Percussion:
  2. A body part moved against a fluid (air or water)
    1. Pulsation:
    2. Fanning:
    3. Fluid compression:
    4. Streaming:
  3. A fluid moved over a body part
    1. Vocalization:
    2. Aerodynamic sounds: