Tamarin Vocalizations

Course 3: Tamarin Vocalizations

Tamarins make a variety of calls, some of which are distinguishable by the average human ears and some that aren’t. The goal of the primate communications project is to analyze all the vocalizations we can collect, of both types mentioned above.

For the purposes of this exercise, we will focus on tamarin vocals that can be distinguished on the basis of average human hearing.

Various factors distinguish these particular calls:

  1. Species
  2. Distance the calls are projected over
  3. Age

Some factors, however, cannot be detected by listening to calls alone:

  1. Sex
  2. Individual identity
  3. Group membership


  1. We have classified calls into a few different varieties, based on their general structure and sound
  2. Some of these generic call types are similar shared between the species, but they do not sound the same in both species even though they might share the same function
  3. In this lesson, you will learn about specific calls so you can function successfully in the rainforest
  4. We will address these calls by each species.
  5. At this time, we have the emperor tamarin call module ready for you – stay tuned for another lesson on saddleback tamarin calls

Scientific Literature

  1. Vocalizations in behavioral context of saddleback tamarins
  2. Functionally referential alarm calls

These papers are for your interest.

Important Instructions

  1. Many of these calls are short and sometimes softly uttered
  2. Thus, please use headphones when you attempt these exercises
  3. You may revisit these lessons any number of times you want, as you memorize these calls
  4. It is vital that you be able to recognize each of the calls listed here, by name AND sound