Why Koalas Sound Like Barry White

You'd think koalas would sound as cute as they look. But oh no.. the sound they make is nothing like what you'd expect. Trace explains why these adorable marsupials sound the way they do.

You'd think koalas would sound as cute as they look. But oh no.. the sound they make is nothing like what you'd expect. Trace explains why these adorable marsupials sound the way they do.

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Puzzle of Koalas' Unusually Deep Voices Solved: A Very Special Organ
http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2013/12/02/why-do-koalas-have-such-low-voices/
"Koalas are the Barry Whites of the animal kingdom, producing surprisingly low-pitched bellows."

Koalas use a novel vocal organ to produce unusually low-pitched mating calls
http://www.cell.com/current-biology/fulltext/S0960-9822(13)01344-4
"During the breeding season, male koalas produce 'bellow' vocalisations that are characterised by a continuous series of inhalation and exhalation sections, and an extremely low fundamental frequency (the main acoustic correlate of perceived pitch)."

Koalas
http://www.stanford.edu/~jay/koalas/koalas.html
"Koalas are mammals, just like we are."

Cracking the Koala Code
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/episodes/cracking-the-koala-code/koala-fact-sheet/7681/
"Koalas average 27-36 in (70 to 90cm) in length and weigh anywhere from 9 to 20 lbs (4-9 kg). Females tend to be both slightly smaller and slightly less heavy than males. Southern koalas are approximately 30% larger than their northern counterparts. This size difference is most likely an adaptation to deal with colder climates in the south."

Koalas bellow with unique voice organ
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-25185236
"It is a low, rumbling bellow that seems very incongruous coming from the mouth of a diminutive koala."

Here's why koalas sound like frogs vomiting during mating season
http://www.nbcnews.com/science/heres-why-koalas-sound-frogs-vomiting-during-mating-season-2D11684034
"Simple calculations suggest koalas should have high-pitched voices. That's because the pitch generated by an object is linked to its size, and usually animals' vocal chords tend to be large or small according to the mass of their bodies."

Koalas Have a Newfound Sex Organ-in Their Throats
http://www.slate.com/blogs/wild_things/2013/12/02/koalas_deep_bellows_folds_in_the_pharynx_make_males_sexy_and_dominant.html
"Koalas are capable of making sounds much deeper than their size would suggest."

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