Loudest Bird Screams To Woo

November 8, 2019
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Have you ever fallen asleep to the peaceful hooting of owls or woken up to the sweet chirping of birds while camping? Animals make sounds as a way of communicating, similar to how humans use language to speak to each other. Some animals are louder than others—a bird chirping may be softer than a lion’s roar, for example. But which bird’s loud chirping might even scare a lion? The white bellbird, a bird that’s no larger than a dove, might just have the loudest mating call among all the birds in the world. Wondering how loud? The call of a male white bellbird is as loud as if you were standing next to a speaker at a rock concert. Interestingly though, that loud call is how a male bellbird tries to woo a female bellbird. Yep, it turns out that a male bellbird will turn and face a female bellbird and make his loudest possible screech into her ear in hopes of wooing her to be his mate. Interesting courtship, right? Sure, but we’re thankful that it’s not a human mating ritual, aren’t you?

Interesting Fact: Can you imagine being woken up to the loud screeching of a bellbird every morning? Well, thankfully white bellbirds tend to perch on tree tops and live in the high mountains of northern Brazil and Southern Venezuela, so the chances of encountering one of these beautiful but very loud birds is not that common.

What would you do if you encountered a male white bellbird?