Animals around us live in an amazing world of their own, coexisting and interacting with each other in their own special way. Animals achieve the ultimate aim of communication which is understanding, through their ability of perception and cognition. This is the ability of animals to obtain knowledge through intuition and reasoning. Most animals communicate through signals which include the communication of gestures, facial expressions and most importantly, sounds.
In the animal kingdom, sounds are communicated through vibrational waves that are produced by one particular animal and received by another animal through inter-personal communication. Animals do not have a defined mode of communication, unlike humans who have a monopoly of communication. Different animals are born with different abilities to communicate with themselves according to their species.
Talking animals are a special species of animals who can communicate through the use of meaningful sounds. They can communicate through the productions of sounds known as speaking. Different species of animals have developed different languages of communication between its members. Examples of talking animals include elephants, parrots, crickets, laughing jackal, cats, dogs, orangutan, wild ducks, frogs, etc.
Frogs communicate with their counterparts using complex calls. The communication is oral by the passage of air through their lungs, just like humans. Talking by frogs is most noticeable during the mating period; a male species speaks to attract a female species who have the ability to recognize the sexuality of the caller as a result of the unique tone of the call.
The parrot is another special kind of talking animal; the parrot comes in different colors. The parrot is famous for its ability to imitate the human voice and other extrinsic sounds. These parrots can also sing songs. Amazon parrots are the best imitators. With the right training, these birds can communicate with humans.
Crickets are another incredible species of talking animals who can sing by making repeated sounds at a particular time. Also, they make oral calls to their counterparts during mating. Crickets are just like birds because they make calls to attract a female member who has the special ability to identify the tone of the species making this call. Both the female and male crickets have a special ear called tympana, which enables them to recognize each other’s calling.
Cats have a large system of creating different sounds used for communication to portray happiness, aggression and fear. Cats have two different set of languages which includes communication between offspring and mother and communication between other adults within their territory. Cats express their needs and emotions through the pitch, volume, and intensity of their meowing.
The elephant is another member of the talking animal’s family. They communicate with low-frequency vocals that are known as rumbles. Elephants have the special ability to communicate with each other from a long distance making use of infrasound from a range of 20 to 20,000 Hertz.
The dog is said to be man’s best friend as a result of its special communication ability. Dogs communicate with each other through sounds and signals. Dogs announce a possible threat to its owner by making a unique sound.
Talking animals play an important role to the existence of man. They make pleasurable sounds that make good listening, like the songs of the birds. These animals also add beauty to historical events like folk tales and myths.