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Not exactly bird music, more a flying feathered public address system....

 

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/video/2019/oct/21/white-bellbird-listen-to-the-worlds-loudest-bird-call-video

 


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21 hours ago, Confused said:

Not exactly bird music, more a flying feathered public address system....

 

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/video/2019/oct/21/white-bellbird-listen-to-the-worlds-loudest-bird-call-video

 

 

To make things easier for the followers of this thread - a white bellbird weighing only 250g is able to produce 125dB call (that's on par with thunders, pneumatic drills or ambulances):

 

 

Sounds like Kraftwerk to me.. :D

 

They sing their loudest sounds when a female is very close - usually on the same branch. 

Scientists can't explain this behavior especially taking into account the fact that the bird song is so loud that it could potentially damage the female's hearing.

Hmmm.. maybe it's simply equivalent of GHB in the bird world ;)


The man that hath no music in himself, nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils. The motions of his spirit are dull as night, and his affections dark as Erebus. Let no such man be trusted. Mark the music.

                                                                          ―  William Shakespeare.

 

 

 

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Actually,  it has been "explained" in the sense of making an adaptive story (tho not experimentally verified).  Louder sounds attract some female birds (and similarly frogs), and can repel competitor males, presumably enhancing mating success of the male.  It is not alway to the adv. of the male to have  mated female able to hear other males either...

 

In other species, call complexity is more important.  In fact, one anthropologists and psychologists learned about biology they began to speculate on human art as being essentially mate advertising.  There are some suggestive correlates, including age of greatest output being related to ages most likely to breed, etc. etc.

 

Also, some birds seem to prefer vinyl...


"The overwhelming majority [of audiophiles] have very little knowledge, if any, about the most basic principles and operating characteristics of audio equipment. They often base their purchasing decisions on hearsay, and the preaching of media sages. Unfortunately, because of commercial considerations, much information is rooted in increasing revenue, not in assisting the audiophile. It seems as if the only requirements for becoming an "authority" in the world of audio is a keyboard."

-- Bruce Rozenblit of Transcendent Sound

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