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Serge A. Wich, S Suci Utami Atmoko, Tatang Mitra Setia, and Carel P. van Schaik

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199213276

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199213276.001.0001

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A description of the orangutan's vocal and sound repertoire, with a focus on geographic variation

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(p.49) CHAPTER 4 A description of the orangutan's vocal and sound repertoire, with a focus on geographic variation
Source:
Orangutans
Author(s):

Madeleine E. Hardus

Adriano R. Lameira

Ian Singleton

Helen C. Morrogh-Bernard

Cheryl D. Knott

Marc Ancrenaz

S. Suci Utami Atmoko

Serge A. Wich

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199213276.003.0004

This chapter provides an overview of the sounds and vocalizations that Sumatran and Bornean orangutans produce. The current data set indicates that there are at least 32 different orangutan sounds and vocalizations that can be distinguished. Interestingly enough not all of these are produced by all individuals in all populations and several occur only in certain populations, but not in others. These preliminary findings indicate that there might be socially learned variation in orangutan sounds and that the cultural domain includes sounds. Future studies should examine such possibilities in detail.

Keywords:   Sumatran orangutans, Bornean orangutans, acoustic, culture, geography

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