Vocalizations of Malagasy Lemurs

While the vocalizations of Madagascar's birds are well-known and well-recorded, the same can not be said of its lemurs. This huge radiation of primates, which is endemic to Madagascar, contains an incredibly diverse range of species, which give a correspondingly diverse range of vocalizations. But despite that, there are few audio recordings of these animals, and the current field guides barely discuss vocalizations, despite these being one of the most effective ways to detect and identify lemurs. Sometimes it pays to apply a birding mentality to other groups! I will add to this page as I continue to record lemurs. For the moment, this page includes the vocalizations of 15 lemur species. 

MOUSE & DWARF LEMURS: Cheirogaleidae
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Sambirano Fork-marked Lemur

Phaner parienti

Penetrating "chap", perhaps a contact call. 

AMBANJA

Chuckling call.

AMBANJA

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TRUE LEMURS: Lemuridae
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White-fronted Brown Lemur

Eulemur albifrons

Typical low-pitched grunting calls.

MAROJEJY NP

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Crowned Lemur

Eulemur coronatus

Typical grunting calls and several very loud alarm screams.

MONTAGNE DES FRANÇAIS

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Blue-eyed Black Lemur

Eulemur flavifrons

Strident "chak" calls, and quieter, lower-pitched grunting. Latter call typical of genus

MAROMANDIA

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Common Brown Lemur

Eulemur fulvus

Classic grunting calls. 

BEMENEVIKA

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Classic grunting calls and loud alarm calls. 

BEMENEVIKA

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Mongoose Lemur

Eulemur mongoz

Classic Eulemur grunting. There may also be Common Brown Lemur on this recording, as the two species were closely associated. 

ANKARAFANTSIKA NP

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Red-bellied Lemur

Eulemur rubriventer

Grunting calls from a male. 

RANOMAFANA NP

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Red-fronted Brown Lemur

Eulemur rufifrons

Classic Eulemur grunting and a couple of alarm calls. 

RANOMAFANA NP

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Sanford's Brown Lemur

Eulemur sanfordi

Quiet grunting calls, and one fast chuckling call. 

ANKARANA NP

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Ring-tailed Lemur

Lemur catta

Grunting calls, and plaintive mews. 

TSARANORO VALLEY

Barking calls and plaintive whistles. 

TSARANORO VALLEY

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Plaintive, descending calls, and quiet barking. 

TSARANORO VALLEY

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Barking calls. Madagascar Black Swift and Harrier-Hawk in the background. 

TSARANORO VALLEY

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Black-and-white Ruffed Lemur

Varecia variegata

Aggressive roars and higher squeals. Another classic Malagasy natural sound.

MANTADIA NP

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SPORTIVE LEMURS: Lepilemuridae
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Sambirano Sportive Lemur

Penetrating "chap", perhaps a contact call. 

AMBANJA

Lepilemur sambiranensis

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Loud screaming call. Given singly or doubled.

AMBANJA

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Small-toothed Sportive Lemur

Quavering whistle.

VOHIPARARA SECTION, RANOMAFANA NP

Lepilemur microdon

Long whistle.

VOHIPARARA SECTION, RANOMAFANA NP

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SIFAKAS & WOOLLY LEMURS: Indriidae
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Indri

Indri indri

One of the world's great natural sounds! 

ANALAMAZAOTRA NP

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All-black morph. 

ANJOJOROBE

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Milne-Edwards's Sifaka

Propithecus edwardsi

Sneezing "seee-fak" call that gives this genus its common name.

RANOMAFANA NP

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"Seee-fak" calls RANOMAFANA NP

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Verreaux's Sifaka

Propithecus verreauxi

Grunts, "seee-fak" calls, and trills.

MANDRARE

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AYE-AYE: Daubentoniidae

(No recordings of this monotypic family yet. Stay posted!)