An example of calling and recalling Muntjac

Here is an example of a co-operative Muntjac I filmed in 2010.  The animal was actually on camera for almost 20 minutes, coming and returning several times.
I’ve found this to be quite unusual and I didn’t have the oppportunity to re-try this animal at a later date to assess whether or not I had made him call-shy.

8 thoughts on “An example of calling and recalling Muntjac

  1. Hi Gerald
    I am currently writing a book Is That A Bat? details of which are on following link

    The book is about sounds bat workers hear at night, that are not bats. Within one of the chapters I am briefly discussing Roe Deer barking, with a couple of audio clips. I am looking for an example of Muntjac audio as a comparison for the reader to listen to. If you were properly acknowledged would you be willing for me to lift a couple of barks from this video to use. It would be audio only, and I can even quote this web resource as well as yourself for reference purposes. Also do you have any tips in telling the two species barks from eachother? Would happily include a quote if you did. Thanks in anticipation.

    1. Quite happy for you to lift the barking track. Roe sound louder ,just bigger to me and the caller tends to move away The muntjac can often call for long periods from the same spot. Often turning to give a ventriloquial effect.

  2. Yes, that’s not the sound of the deer, only the barking is. They are using a decoy to make that sound to call in the deer. It’s a special kind of whistle used for hunting deer.

    Im in India and the Muntjac do make a kind of high pitched cry as well as bark. The cry sound is very strange but not much like the sound of this device used here. It still seems to work on males, maybe just the tone is enough. The genuine sound, sort of sounds like a feline crossed with a fox , a loud descending in pitch Nnnnnnyah. They cry around our house in the forest just after dark. The barking though rings up through the valley and hills, it’s much louder and sounds like the bark of a large male baboon at dusk. I at least have never heard the two sounds together, either or and always only after dark.

    I love both these sounds, they make me sleep well, calm and at peace with the world and the night.

  3. We have lived with muntjac deer in our garden for a decade but, until tonight, had never heard any call other than the bark. Delighted to learn from your post that the Swanee whistle sound we heard from just outside the kitchen was a deer too and not somebody creeping up and playing silly beggars! All quiet again now.

  4. Many thanks for taking the trouble to make this available online…we were out in Thetford Forest near Grimes Graves this afternoon when we saw a Muncjac deer in the near distance. I think we surprised it and it darted into the trees. Then we immediately heard a series of barks that we would normally have thought was the call of a fox, but as it was from the exact location of the Muncjac we thought it just had to be this that was making the barking sound.
    Once back at home a quick search on the internet brought up your video, and our suspicions were confirmed.
    Thank you!!!

  5. Just come inside from listening to this very noise. I’ve seen muntjac in my field and crossing to the wood several times just lately and wondered if it could be it. Thank you. Absolutely the right noise! Also hear foxes but they sound more like a human cry.

  6. This is interesting. I looked on the Internet because a small deer like animal ran out in front of our car yesterday whilst driving past the local woods. Hearing the noises it makes, this explains an identical noise which woke us up in the middle of the night about three months ago at the end of the summer/beginning of autumn. We just assumed it was a dog or a fox, but this was definately the noise. Thank you!

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