Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology

, Volume 15, Issue 1, pp 73–76 | Cite as

Is there a “sound window” for primate communication?

  • Peter M. Waser
  • Charles H. Brown


It has long been asserted that habitat acoustics can determine the frequency band bestadapted for long-range communication, but the generality and validity of measurements claiming to demonstrate a “window” of best frequencies have recently been questioned. We report the discovery of a prominent sound window in Kenyan rain forest in a study that is free of methodological difficulties. Our results allow us to calculate the range advantage attained by an animal vocalizing within the sound window, and show that sound windows can be a potent factor for the evolution of primate communication.


Frequency Band Rain Forest Potent Factor Good Frequency Methodological Difficulty 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter M. Waser
    • 1
  • Charles H. Brown
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Biological SciencesPurdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of MissouriColumbiaUSA

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