Meet the White Bellbird, the World’s Loudest Bird

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A male white bellbird screams a mating call. The birds further enhance their courtship by extending a black wattle, which grows from their jaws.
PHOTOGRAPH BY ANSELMO D’AFFONSECA

He may be small in size but this bird definitely knows how to be heard! In a recent paper published in the Current Biology Magazine, this white bellbird has been found to be the loudest known bird species in the world today.

Found in the Amazon, the white bellbird (Procnias Albus) uses his loud call to attract the female bellbirds– the louder he is the higher are his chances of finding a mate.

While the male’s coat is white and with long thread-like structure near its beak, the female birds are olive green with yellow and don’t make much sound!

Wondering how loud? The white bellbird has two kinds of ‘song levels’ – the normal one is 116 dB (decibels) whereas the more impressive one goes up to 125 dB. For reference, the normal human voice level is between 50 to 65 dB and a loud rock concert is around 120 dB.

The interesting bit is that when the female bird is closer the louder call is used, unlike other creature where the loud calls are usually used to signal those far away.

Take a look at this video to hear the two songs.

 

Did you know? The screaming Piha held the record of being the world’s loudest bird at 116 dB until its cousin the white bellbird took it away!


Written by: Preetika Soni. Preetika is a full – time toddler mommy. In the time that is left, she enjoys writing, photography and crochet. She has worked with NDTV, Mumbai and has taught at SCMSophia. 

 

 

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