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Re: Interesting Koala sounds

Subject: Re: Interesting Koala sounds
From: "Robin Whittle" robin_whittle
Date: Tue Dec 3, 2013 12:39 am ((PST))
The males make quite a disturbing sound.  I thought I could do a
passable mimic of it by a sort of snorting sound in the back of the
throat, forcing air in and out rapidly and in quick succession as if
agitated and ready to clobber someone.  However, listening to this
magnificent recording:

I wouldn't make any great claims and probably won't try it again.

It can be heard for quite a distance - say 200 metres - even if there is
wind.  Nothing else is making sound at those frequencies.

The paper is freely available:

and states that females have been known to bellow.  Their investigation
was only of males.

 - Robin

> Probably not news to our friends in Australia but I found this quite
> surprising. I confess I have never thought about what sounds they
> would make.
> Chris

"While a picture is worth a thousand words, a
sound is worth a thousand pictures." R. Murray Schafer via Bernie Krause.

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