Sounds & Calls
Tarsiers are tiny primates found in rainforests in parts of South-east Asia (specifically Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines). In 2020 there were approximately twelve recognized species of tarsier, although it is likely others will be described in the future as further studies are carried out.
Tarsiers make very high-pitched squeaking calls and can often be heard at dusk and dawn when they leave and return to their roosting sites. Recent research on the sounds of tarsiers found that in addition to these squeaking calls which are audible to humans, they can make and hear ultrasonic calls. One study demonstrated that the Philippine tarsier (Tarsius syrichta) could make sounds with a dominant frequency of 70kHz and hear sounds that were even higher, around 91kHz! These are far beyond the range of human hearing.
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Primate sounds from South-east Asia:
- Orangutan, Bornean (Pongo pygmaeus)
- Gibbon, Agile (Hylobates agilis)
- Gibbon, Mueller's (Hylobates muelleri)
- Gibbon, Pileated (Hylobates pileatus)
- Gibbon, White-handed (Hylobates lar)
- Langur, Banded (Presbytis robinsoni)
- Langur, Dusky (Trachypithecus obscurus)
- Leaf Monkey, Red (Presbytis rubicunda)
- Macaque, Long-tailed (Macaca fascicularis)
- Siamang (Symphalangus syndactylus)