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Animal Frequency and Pitch Perception

Pitch is a perception that is evoked by simple tones and many different types of complex sounds, including speech and music. Pitch refers to the subjective experience produced by a sound. The pitch of a sound is closely related to the frequency of a pure tone or to the fundamental frequency of complex sounds, but does not refer to the specific frequency content of the sound. As such, pitch is what results from how the brain analyzes and processes the frequencies present in a sound. This entry describes sensitivity ranges of different animals, the ability to detect frequency differences, and animal perception of naturally occurring sounds.

Animals most likely experience sensations that are similar in many respects to the pitch percepts experienced by human listeners, but ...

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