Vervet Monkey
Sounds & Calls

Vervet Monkey (Chlorocebus pygerythrus)

Vervet Monkey (Chlorocebus pygerythrus)

The Vervet Monkey (Chlorocebus pygerythrus) is a species of primate found in east and southern Africa.  

Vervet Monkeys live in close-knit family groups and use a wide range of vocalizations to communicate with one another. Notably, the alarm calls of Vervet Monkeys are acoustically distinct, meaning they possess predator-specific vocalizations to alert the group to what thype of threat has been detected. These alarm calls are generally categorized into three main groups: 1) snake 2) a threat on the ground (eg. a leopard) & 3) a threat overhead in the air (eg. a bird of prey).

What does a Vervet Monkey sound like? Vervet Monkeys make a variety of nasal barking calls, grunts, chatters and squealing sounds. If a terrestrial predator is detected, Vervet Monkeys make a loud nasal, stacatto bark. If an eagle or other threat from above is seen, a deeper, snorting bark is given. And when a snake is spotted,  Vervet Monkeys make a gurgling chatter in alarm. 

Listen to some examples of Vervet Monkey calls and sounds below.

Listen to Vervet Monkey Sounds

The audio in the video below features the typical Vervet Monkey alarm calls when a terrestrial predator has been spotted. Later in the sample, Vervet Monkeys are squabbling amongst themselves or perhaps with a rival group. Recorded in Kafue National Park, Zambia.