What species is making this sound?

You can hear the sound it makes at the end of the music video: The HU - Wolf Totem

  • $\begingroup$ Before the wolves howling yes? $\endgroup$ Apr 14, 2020 at 8:30
  • $\begingroup$ yes. it starts at 06:16 at the video $\endgroup$
    – some one
    Apr 14, 2020 at 11:30
  • $\begingroup$ You could try the forum at xeno-canto.org, if you don't know about that site yet. $\endgroup$
    – Stax
    Apr 15, 2020 at 1:34
  • $\begingroup$ Same bird from Spirited away. There's a part when they get off the train when you can hear it. If you figure that out, you'll find the bird $\endgroup$
    – Max Maybe
    Sep 5, 2022 at 2:38

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I believe the bird sound belongs to a member of Gaviidae, specifically Gavia arctica, which has a common name of the Arctic Loon or Black-throated Loon in North America and Black-throated Diver in Eurasia.

The first impression when I heard this was a loon/ diver. Since The HU are Mongolian throat singers, I assumed that they likely used a loon/ diver from Mongolia of which there is one breeding species of the five members of Gaviidae. You can listen to calls and sounds of Arctic Loons here: Macaulay Library

The Arctic Loon sounds much higher pitched than other species of Gaviidae, which is similar the call in the song at 6:16.

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    $\begingroup$ Yep, Loon was my thought too. Amazingly eerie calls. $\endgroup$
    – bob1
    Nov 10, 2023 at 0:04

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