Ahhh… how would you love to listen to animals sing? From Siberian Huskies
to Toads to Crickets, we just can’t stop ourselves from getting delighted to hear them sing, can we?
But have you heard of singing lemurs before?
(Indri Indri), or sometimes called the babakoto, is one of the largest lemurs in the world. The average Indri can be found between 60 to 80cm and tails of about 5cm If you want to see them live in concert, you have to book a flight to Madagascar and get a guide to lead you into the tropical forests. However, due to logging, these singing lemurs can now be found in small areas of Madagascar’s protected forests. Currently, there are only about less than a thousand Indris in Madagascar which means that their species is under threat to become extinct.
Indris are somewhat like most of the human population – loves to spend the majority of their time sleeping, eating, and mating.
Indri choirs usually contain both males and females but with one dominant pair. Their songs start with roars that would progressively descend into long howls.
University of Turin’s Marco Gamba
and his colleagues did a research on the variation of the Indri individual singers.
In over 10 years of listening to 496 indri songs, Gamba and his team realized that there is a difference in the pitch of indri males and females. And for the indri singing groups, they usually sing in sync while tunes were being amplified. So when one indri singer starts to sing, the rest of the choir would then join in and harmonize to match the rhythm. They also “vocally mark” their territory to other groups.
Solo Singing Lemurs
Additionally, indri solo singers are uncommon but the young indri male crooners would often sing out of sync. The reason? Similar with the human teens, they just want to stand out from the rest and display how masculine they are, as what Gamba and his colleagues proposed
Watch the indris sing in sync that would probably beat any boyband.