Jéssica dos Anjos, an eco-tour guide, was exploring the Amazon rainforest when she was startled by an extremely loud noise. The sound was not only loud but also distinctive, piercing through the thick fog and foliage. According to Anjos, it was like hearing “a surreal scream.” Despite its surreal quality, the sound was undoubtedly real.
Although the noise was unsettling, Anjos was familiar with it. She immediately recognized it as the deafening call of the white bellbird, a local species that holds the title for being the world’s loudest bird.
Anjos searched through the surrounding forest canopy and finally spotted the white bellbird. Despite its ear-piercing call, she was thrilled to see it and had been waiting for an opportunity to record it singing.
“It was extremely loud. I was very excited because I already knew the species and I really wanted the opportunity to record it singing.”
Using her camera, Anjos captured a video of the white bellbird’s call, which she described as “extremely loud.” At 125 decibels, it was capable of drowning out the sound of a rock concert.
According to Anjos, the white bellbird’s call was so ear-piercingly loud that she had to reduce the audio in her recording to make it tolerable for anyone listening.
Watch this video to see and hear the white bellbird’s incredible call, and is considered the loudest bird call in the world.
Encountering a white bellbird in the wild and being in its audience was an unforgettable experience for Anjos.
“It is beautiful to see and very impressive.”