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About the Sounds's wildlife ringtones have been recorded by some of the best naturalists and audio engineers in the world. You can be sure that they are the actual species and behavior that we describe them as.

One of the things we wanted to do with ringtones was provide you with a way to learn about some of the more interesting animals in our world and the interesting stories about them.

So browse our ringtones and learn about the fascinating creatures which make these sounds. And don't hesitate to go to our About Ringtones section if you need information about how they work on your phone.

What Makes a Sound a Mating Call?

Just as every hipster in a nightclub uses a slightly different approach to courting a potential mate, so do animals in the wild.

In fact, very few animals have a specific sound or vocalization that's exclusively used for mating. Most DO have songs or calls they use to attract the opposite sex, warn off competitors or claim a specific territory. Some calls do all three at once, others in some combination.

Given that animal behavior is so complex and varied, perhaps we should call our ringtones "Courting Calls" rather than "Mating Calls," since they are often from the more complex activity of courting, rather than simply mating. But that wouldn't be nearly as fun to tell people about!

The sounds we've selected for eNature's Mating Call Ringtones are good examples of these complex sounds and behaviors. For instance, take the Bugling Elk ringtone—it's a call that bull elk make to attract females, as well as stake a claim that's intended to dissuade other bulls from claiming females.

You'll also see similar effects with most of our bird mating calls. Almost all our bird mating call ringtones are the song of a particular species. In general, a bird's song is the sound that it makes to attract attention, usually of the opposite sex, and often to claim a particular territory as well. Both these activities are important elements of courting behavior and the song associated with them is usually complex, distinctive and fairly long. A bird's "song" is distinct from its "calls," which are the day-to-day sounds a bird makes, such as alarm or feeding sounds.

These are some general principles of wildlife vocalization. The detailed description we provide with each ringtone has more specific information about the species and the sound that you're about to download onto your phone.



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