World’s loudest bird sings its heart out for love

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World’s loudest bird sings its heart out for love

The bird’s peak decibels can reach above the human pain threshold and are equivalent to a loud rock concert

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In the mountainous northern Amazon, a tiny white-plumed suitor turns to face his would-be paramour and belts out a deafening, klaxon-like call, reaching decibel levels equal to a pile driver.

Meet the white bellbird, which has just beaten out its rainforest neighbour, the screaming piha, for the title of the world’s loudest bird.

Biologist Jeff Podos at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Mario Cohn-Haft of Brazil’s Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazonia described the record-breaking finding in a paper published in the journal Current Biology. The researchers wrote that its calls were so loud, they wondered how white bellbird females listened at close range without damaging their hearing...

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