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New Record: Loudest Bird Call

Pictured above is a white bellbird. Biologist Jeff Podos at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, with Mario Cohn-Haft at the Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia, Brazil, have recorded the loudest bird call ever documented, made by this Amazon species as part of its mating rituals. The songs are so deafening they reach decibel levels equal to the loudest human instruments. They measured pressure using a new generation sound level meter. Podos says. “We don’t know how small animals manage to get so loud. We are truly at the early stages of understanding this biodiversity.” Read more.