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What is the noise called that a tiger makes -- lions roar, canaries sing, what do tigers do?

Asked by katwalk65 (230points) February 18th, 2010

I can’t think of the term for it or even how to phonetically spell the sound—it’s kind of a high pitched growl/war cry? Not a roar, I don’t think, coz lions have that deep, guttural, bellowing howl—but tigers are more high pitched, jungle-type warning v. the savanna where sound carries farther.

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simone54's avatar

Tigers Roar too.

suncatnin's avatar

Chuffing is the friendly greeting noise (things I learn from really fun dates to carnivore preservation trust!).

This site seems to give audio examples of different forms of tiger communication:

dpworkin's avatar

Lions and tigers each roar.

davidbetterman's avatar

Tigers grrrrrowl…Like Tony the Tiger, They’re Grrrrreat!!!

ragingloli's avatar

They meow.

simone54's avatar

Tiger is going to speaking tomorrow at 11:00 AM.


dpworkin's avatar

That Tiger is going to grovel, not growl.

ChaosCross's avatar

From my extensive experience with tigers, the most likely thing you will hear one say is:

simone54's avatar


davidbetterman's avatar

@simone54@ChaosCross True Dat!

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Cruiser's avatar

Tiggers “Bounce”!!

syz's avatar

Tigers chuffle as a friendly greeting, a sign of non aggression. The do it even as blind, helpless newborns. They also whine, grumble, growl, and roar.

The great cats roar, and cannot purr. They have a bony hyoid. Small cats that purr have a cartilaginous hyoid and cannot roar (although the cougar, who is the largest of the small cats, has a hell of a scream.)

gambitking's avatar

BUT….What do tigers dream of, when they take a little tiger snooze? Do they dream of mauling zebras or Halle Barry in her catwoman suit?

gambitking's avatar

Tigers love pepper. They hate cinnamon

mzehnich's avatar

Rawr, baby.

CMaz's avatar

Tiger sounds like this…


IchtheosaurusRex's avatar

Anything they want.

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