Sounds & Calls

Lesser Bushbaby

Lesser Bushbaby (Galago sp.)

Bush Babies (aka Bushbaby or Galago) are a group of primates in the family Galagidae comprising about 20 species, all found in sub-Saharan Africa.   

Bushbabies vocalize to communicate with others in their social group. Each bushbaby species produces their own distinctive ‘loud calls’ to keep in touch with clan members when dispersed within their territory at night. These calls can help identify bushbabies to species level.

What does a Bushbaby sound like? Each bushbaby species has distinctive calls. The widespread Thick-tailed Bushbaby (Brown Greater Galago / Otolemur crassicaudatus ) makes a loud series of nasal, wailing cries, similar to the cry of a human baby.  Lesser Bushbabies (genus ‘Galago’) such as the Mohol Bushbaby (Galago moholi) make simpler chirps, chattering calls and squeaky whistling sounds. 

Listen to some examples of bushbaby calls and sounds below.

Listen to Bush Baby Sounds

The audio in the video below features the ‘baby crying’ loud calls of the Thick-tailed Bushbaby (Brown Greater Galago). Recorded in Kafue National Park, Zambia.

The audio in the second video (below) features the squeaky calls and chatter of a Mohol Bushbaby (Lesser Bushbaby). Recorded in the Soutpansberg ranges, South Africa.