As a beleagured mother led her screaming brat of a child past us an hour ago in Tesco, we got to remembering why we hate loud annoying things. Except for this birdo, who is cool.
Although it has a bogey hanging out of its nose, we can forgive this Amazon dwelling beast.
Its “roar”, if you will, is as loud as a pneumatic drill. Nicely done! Scientists went about monitoring the species in 2018 and figured it all out.
And that shows you just how many species are in abundance on Earth. So many this loud bastard can remain unacknowledged for, like, ages!
From our research we notice it was possibly under study from around 2013, but this week the confirmation came through this thing is louder than an industrial drill.
The clips obviously don’t convey that, but as we regularly walk past the construction work in Manchester each day this must be one loud SOB bird.
It can hit 125 decibels. If the pneumatic drill thing didn’t do it for you, then a nightclub will usually be around 100 decibels. So, obviously, the clips don’t do this white feathered thing justice.
The screaming piha (Lipaugus vociferans) had the record before then, although it kind of sounds more like a wolf whistle.
For the white bellbird, what’s the point of being so obnoxious? It’s likely a mating call.
And that bogey hanging out from their beak is for… romantic display? We don’t know, we’re not birds. Heck, the frogmouth does a better job a being romantic. In our non-bird opinion.
Further back we have New Zealand’s kererū pigeon, which spends a fair amount of its time drunk and having mishaps.
You know, it kind of makes us think the birds of Earth have got it right, whilst humanity is a disaster zone.
The white bellbirds are largely in South America, particularly Carajás National Forest, Brasil. Where they, presumably, annoy their neighbours by being way too loud.
Apparently the birds aren’t just using it for long distance communication, though.
Scientists observed them bellowing their calls at each other when only a few feet apart. So this species is clearly very hard of hearing, too.
It’s at least nine decibels louder than the screaming piha. And whatever is going on with this species, perhaps a proper explanation will come in time for its behaviour.