THE SOUNDS OF SPECIES

    THE SOUNDS OF SPECIES    

One day , after coming from school my daughter was telling me about a session during which one of her classmates asked a doubt to her teacher. The teacher said that she was not aware of all those things and told the students that only my daughter’s dad would know all these answers.
My daughter asked me, “We say that a dog barks and a cat meows. What  do we call the sound of a Hippo or a dolphin?” 
Actually I did not know. Unfortunately people expect that veterinarians to know everything about animals. It is not really possible. These things are not taught in veterinary schools. It goes with an individual’s quest and interest. 
I could not get the answers in those days. Today we are fortunate to live in an era of information technology. When we were students we were only the consumers of information but today’s students are the producers and publishers of information. They are rich content developers. 
High speed Internet access, which was only a blip on the radar 5 years ago, is as common as a laptop. The Internet has changed the way we find information, the way we absorb information, and the way we regurgitate information and I want to share such information with you here.
   Animal Species              Name of their sound
Apes
gibber
Asses
bray
Bears
growl
Bees
hum, buzz, murmur
Beetles
drone
Birds
sing
Bitterns
boom
Blackbirds
whistle
Bulls
bellow
Calves
bleat
Cats
meow, mew, purr, caterwaul
Chickens
peep, cackle
Cocks
crow
Cows
moo, low
Crows
caw
Cuckoos
cuckoo
Deer
bell
Dogs/ Large
                       bark, woof/ arf
Dogs Small
yip
Dolphins
click
Doves
coo, moan
Ducks
quack
Eagles
scream
Elephants
trumpet
Falcons
chant
Flies
buzz
Foxes
bark, yelp
Frogs
croak
Geese
cackle, hiss, honk
Giraffes
bleats, grunts
Grasshoppers
chirp, pitter
Grouse
drum
Guinea
fowl  cry
Guinea pigs
squeak, whistle
Gulls
squawk
Hares
squeak
Hawks
scram
Hippos
bray
Horses
neigh, whinny
Hyenas
laugh
Kittens
mew
Lions
roar
Loons
howl
Magpies
chatter
Mice
squeak, squeal
Monkeys
chatter, gibber
Nightingales
pipe, warble, jug-jug
Owls
hoot, screech, wail
Oxen
low, bellow
Parrots
talk
Peacocks
scream
Penguin
babies bleat
Pigeons
coo
Pigs
grunt, squeal, squeak
Ravens
croak
Rhinos
snort
Rooks
caw
Sandpipers
pipe, whistle
Shearwaters
shrill
Sea Lion
arf
Sheep
bleat, baa
Snake
hiss
Sparrow
chirp
Stags
bellow, call
Swallows
titter
Swans
crey, hiss, grunt
Tigers
roar, growl
Tortoises
grunt
Turkeys
gobble
Wolf
howls

2 Comments:

JackPDB said...

That's wonderful. It reminds me of those old lists of collective nouns -- the proper name for a group of animals, e.g. a troop of kangaroos, a school of fish, a pride of lions. Those are the ones that have made it into everyday speech, but there are more outlandish ones as you dig deeper; a smack of jellyfish, a crash of rhinos, a clowder of cats (but a kindle of kittens), a shrewdness of apes. And once you start getting into the bird kingdom, it just gets crazy: an unkindness of ravens, an exaltation of larks.
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Dr. Mu. DHANASEKARAN said...

Thanks Jack for your enjoyable comments.I shall publish an article about these beautiful words..

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