A nasal sounding trumpet of less than a second in duration that is noisier and significantly lower in frequency than all other trumpets. Nasal-Trumpets are most often associated with very exuberant play and sound like a large man blowing his nose. They may also be given by highly aroused individuals during social bonding events, such as Greetings. It seems that Nasal-Trumpeting participants may force air more slowly through the upper part of the nasal passages causing it to reverberate down the length of the trunk at a lower frequency. Calves, juveniles, adolescents and adults are all capable of producing these trumpets.

References: Poole & Granli 2004; Poole 2011. (Full reference list)

This behavior occurs in the following context(s): Affiliative, Movement, Space & Leadership, Social Play


Context: Affiliative (1)

Adult female with fresh Temporin lets out a Nasal-Trumpet as she Orients-Away from something on her right - she Ear-Folds slightly and Rapid-Ear-Flaps. There are soft Rumbles in the background. She Listens. We are not sure, but believe that this trumpet was given in a social context such as the arrival of members of her family. (Maasai Mara, Kenya)