This incredible discovery demonstrates the many ways in which creatures across the animal kingdom praise the Lord with their songs.
The joyous sound of birds singing is one of the most beautiful ways the creatures of the earth sing praise, but one bird creates songs in the most unconventional way possible. The African broadbill creates a klaxon-like song with its wings, reminding people everywhere that there’s nothing wrong with praising in a different way. According to a 2016 study published in the Journal of Experimental Biology, the broadbill’s unique song is produced by the vibration of the sixth and seventh primary feathers as air travels through them during flight.
For years, scientists wondered whether the strange sound was a vocal call or the result of instrument-like feathers, and they finally have an answer; the finding makes the African broadbills a proud addition to Darwin’s list of birds that produce music-like sounds with their feathers. While hummingbirds produce a type of buzzing sound while they fly, the feather song of the African broadbill seems to have replaced the need for a vocal call, according to Science Daily. At least 69 types of birds are able to make sounds with their tails or flight feathers.
This incredible discovery demonstrates the many ways in which creatures across the animal kingdom praise the Lord with their songs. The African broadbills fully embody Psalm 98:4, which says “Shout joyfully to the LORD, all the earth; Break forth and sing for joy and sing praises.” Psalm 104:33 carries a similar message, reminding us to follow the footsteps of this song-filled bird: “I will sing to the LORD as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.” Just like the African broadbill, we can explore new and creative ways to sing praises to the creator of all of nature.