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6 Unexpected Animals That Sing

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It isn’t easy to imagine the sounds of animals are mostly about reproduction and defense. 

Have a look at some animals on our planet who vocalize in what sounds suspiciously like a song.

Humpback whales

Humpback whales primarily sign to attract mates, yet research has suggested that they also sing to communicate.

These majestic animals are called Humpback whales because they raise and bend the back to prepare for a dive, emphasizing the hump in front of the dorsal fin.


‘Toadfish’ or ‘frogfish,’ another name for them, belong to the Batrachoididae’s family. They are not the most attractive water creatures. They are well-studied, and only a fraction of the species has been recorded. 

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Each male toadfish’s song is unique but sounds like a hum or grunt, with varied spacing between grunts and boops. Males apply this to lure females to their nest.


Male mice sing ultrasonic love songs while flirting with females. Mice can sing as smooth as Barry White, yet most times, their pitch is too high for the human ear. Some mice are better at wooing than others.

Studies have shown that male mice release USV songs in various contexts and possess a multisyllabic repertoire.

Mexican free-tailed bats

Bats use their supersonic sounds to sing romantic songs. Researches from Texa A&M University determined that the bats sing specific songs to attract females and adjust their tunes to keep them interested. They also use their warbling to ward off other male bats.

Anyone who touches or has had contact with the bat or its saliva could be at risk of getting rabies.

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Pacific chorus frogs

Frogs are known for their vocal abilities. The Pacific chorus frog lives along the western American continent from Canada through Mexico. They sing to mark their territory, the weather, and to attract mates. They are also called the ‘Pacific tree frog.’

A group of calling males is known as a chorus. A dominant male, or chorus master, leads off the calling with a “rib-it” or “krekek”, which is then followed by subordinate males. 

Their throat sac can increase to three times the size of their head to send their calls into the night. 

Beluga whales

Beluga whales are incredibly vocal and often referred to as ‘sea canaries’ because of the birdlike sounds. They use chirps, squeals, and whistles.

Beluga whales are social butterflies as they are active non-violent and socialize with each other.

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Click here for the Beluga Whale Sounds (Delphinapterus leucas). 

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