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Species in news: White bellbird- the world’s loudest bird

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From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level : Bellbirds

Mains level : NA


  • Bellbirds have the loudest bird calls yet documented in the world, according to a study.

Bellbirds

  • The study found that their mating songs pack more decibels than the screams of howler monkeys and the bellows of bisons.
  • The male white bellbird’s mating call is about three times louder than screaming phias — the previously loudest bird singer.
  • The bellbird’s calls were so loud that they wondered how the females of the species listened to them at close range without permanent damage to their hearing.
  • The loud singing ability also came with a trade-off, according to the researchers, who said that as the songs of bellbirds became louder, they also got shorter in duration.
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