Why do tigers chuff?
avatar

The Tiger chuff is a close-range sound and an integral part of the tiger’s greeting behaviour. Tigers have several vocalisations (sounds) which function in close-range situations for greeting, appeasement, aggression and reassurance.

Tiger chuff or prusten

Tiger vocalising – loudly!

The friendly sounds at close range include, as mentioned, the chuff and also the grunt. The chuff is also, rather confusingly, described as the prusten.. They are, as I understand it, one and the same sound.

The chuff or prusten is a staccato puffing sound. It is produced by the forced exhalation of air through the nostrils and mouth. This results in a fluttering action of the lips.

Tigresses use friendly sounds most often with their young. This is to maintain contact with them and to give them instructions.

Both tigers and tigresses produce these close range vocalisations during courtship and mating.

Associated post: the tiger roar.

FB comments (see below)
This entry was posted in Tiger and tagged , , , by Michael Broad. Bookmark the permalink.

About Michael Broad

Michael is retired! He retired at age 57 and at Aug 2018 is approaching 70. He worked in many jobs. The last job he did was as a solicitor practicing general law. He loves animals and is passionate about animal welfare. He also loves photography and nature. He hates animal abuse. He has owned and managed this site since 2007. There are around 13k pages so please use the custom search facility!

Comments are closed.