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Just as the Bee dance, for a "language", I mean that there are vocal pattens.

In the nature, there are many intelligent animals like human beings.

Bird songs, whale songs, dogs?

In fact, bird vocalization includes both bird calls and bird songs. There are Parrots, hummingbirds and songbirds,...

I wish to know the most well-understood vocal animal languages. Which species?

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closed as off topic by MετάEd, choster, aedia λ, Kris, Barrie England Feb 11 '13 at 7:52

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I'm curious. Why do you think this question fits this English language site? Usually scientists do not call animals' vocalizations language, but rather they use the word communication. – JLG Feb 11 '13 at 6:08
Welcome to English Language & Usage. This question is not a good fit for the site: it has nothing to do with the English language. I do not know if it would be a good fit for Linguistics. Or maybe Biology or Cognitive Sciences. – MετάEd Feb 11 '13 at 6:08
What, are you a parrot? You use Welcome to EL and U in everyone's entry? – Patrick T. Randolph Feb 11 '13 at 6:14
The question is ambiguous. More or less this site is about ENGLISH language. Stuck to that. – speedyGonzales Feb 11 '13 at 7:36
There are no animal languages. – Barrie England Feb 11 '13 at 7:51

Birds are on the top of the list as they have actually come to understand a specific "grammar" from certain birds; Of course, loons also have been studied and have a "vocal language" with specific meanings; I would also check out Alex the Parrot (1976-2007). He was able to communicate and speak more than 100 English words.

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Great! I will certainly check those species out. Thank you. I agree with you that there are also "grammars" in animal languages. This is an interesting topic, isn't it? – Osiris Xu Feb 11 '13 at 6:25
@OsirisXu: It's indeed very interesting, although most birds don't speak English. They speak... hmm – I'm not sure what they speak. Bird language? – J.R. Feb 12 '13 at 11:08
Who said that there are no animal languages? What rock has he been living under for the past 1,000,000 years? Wake up man and listen. :-) – Patrick T. Randolph Feb 13 '13 at 0:31
@PatrickT.Randolph: Just to be clear, I didn't say there were no animal languages – I just said that those languages (Alex notwithstanding) weren't English. – J.R. Feb 13 '13 at 9:02
Thanks, J.R. I appreciate it. Be well. – Patrick T. Randolph Feb 14 '13 at 22:09

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