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Bird Song

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Nightingale Luscinia megarhynchos - Surely the avian world's best singer ©J Dietrich - Creative Commons

The links below are to sites specialising in bird song and sound. On some you will find extensive libraries of bird song from around the world, others are specialised or limited. As always, the fatbirder welcomes more links.

Some of the most beautiful birdsong anywhere! Everything from amateur recordings to the massive archives stored in the University libraries. Many of the sites have recordings protected by copyright. Downloading is not free and may well not be possible as lots are encrypted. Before you resent this remember that someone`s livelihood may depend on respecting their copyright. Non-commercial use may be granted for free by some… it costs nothing to ask.

Useful Reading

Birds, Birds, Birds! [An Indoor Birdwatching Field Trip]

by John Feith author of Birdsong Ear Training Guide DVD Video Guide ISBN 0975443410 http://www.caculo.com Buy this DVD online for $24.95 send payment to: John Feith, 1225 East Mifflin Street, Madison WI 53703. Orders will be shipped December 14th First Class (1-3 day). Contact john@caculo.com if you need a rush order. Profits will go to the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology & the Nature Conservancy

ISBN: 0975443410

Buy this book from NHBS.com

The Art of Pishing

Pete Dunne - Stackpole Books Softcover and CD set | 2006

ISBN: 164822

Buy this book from NHBS.com

Why Birds Sing

David Rothenberg - Allen Lane 2006

ISBN: 0141020016

Buy this book from NHBS.com

The Sound Approach to Birding - A Guide to Understanding Bird Sound

by Mark Constantine

ISBN: 9081093312

Buy this book from NHBS.com

Birdsong by the Seasons

A Year of Listening to Birds by Donald Kroodsma - 2009 - Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0618753362

Buy this book from NHBS.com

Collins Bird Songs and Calls

By Geoff Sample - 128 pages, book: 3 Audio CDs - Harper Collins 2010 (New Edition)
See Fatbirder Review

ISBN: 9780007339761

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Organisations

The Sound Approach

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This site contains information about who the Sound Approach are as well as what we are doing. Information can be found about our books already written, and exciting new books that will be coming out in 2007 and beyond can all be found here…

Kindrogan - Scotland’s National Centre for Excellence in Field Studies and Biodiversity Training

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…are running a wildlife sound recording course…

Nature Sound Map

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A group of professional nature recordists from around the globe have collaborated to develop Nature Soundmap, an enjoyable and interactive way of exploring the natural sounds of our planet. Combining high-quality field recordings with the latest satellite imagery, the project brings together some of nature’s most beautiful, interesting and inspiring sounds…

Forums & Mailing Lists

naturerecordists

Mailing List

To post to list: naturerecordists@yahoogroups.com

List contact: naturerecordists-owner@yahoogroups.com

To subscribe to list: naturerecordists-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

E-Mail group of individuals interested in recording natural sounds… http://groups.yahoo.com/group/naturerecordists/

Blogs

Bird Calls & Songs

Blog

A blog about bird sounds using original recordings and sonagrams…

Other Links

Great Wildlife Recordings

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Natural Sounds of Ontario - Birds, Frogs, and MammalsCD Produced by Monty Brigham

Bird Songs (International bv)

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Bird Songs International BV is a Dutch company dedicated to producing and marketing CD-ROMs about birds and other animals. You can shop on line for their products too - I have their Birds of Bolivia and can recommend it - Fatbirder.

National Sound Archive

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Go to the main [page and use their search box to find what you need…

Bird Song

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Here are two lists of mnemonics and other descriptions that can be used as an aid to remembering and identifying birds in the field by their songs and calls. The first list, by Voice, is sorted alphabetically by the sounds birds make. The second, by Bird, is sorted alphabetically by bird name. This is part of a much bigger site with lots of other bid ( N American) info.

Bird Song Mnemonics

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From South Bay Birders…

Bird Song

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A selection of CDs etc available from the Virtual Birder.

Bird Songs/calls

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Atmospheric site. The Breckland Dawn Chorus is produced by Andrew Flintham in association with the Astral Music Company and Planet 7 Records. The full CD or cassette features over one hour of ambient birdsong recorded in Norfolk, England.

Borror Lab of Bioacoustics

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The Borror Laboratory of Bioacoustics (BLB) is a unit within the Department of Zoology of The Ohio State University, and is housed in the College of Biological Sciences Museum of Biological Diversity. The BLB houses one of the largest collections of recorded animal sounds in the world. Founded by the late Dr. Donald Borror, Professor of Entomology and Zoology at The Ohio State University, the collection contains approximately 23,200 recordings of over 1000 species of animals.

British Library National Sound Archive

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The Wildlife Section at the British Library National Sound Archive (NSA) was established in 1969 as the British Library of Wildlife Sounds. Today it is the most comprehensive collection of its kind, with more than 100,000 recordings of all kinds of animals and their environments world-wide.

Acoustic Ecology

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The creation of environmental soundscape art, or audio productions based on field recordings of nature or human environments, is one aspect of a larger field of interest known as Acoustic Ecology….

Nature Songs

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These pages provide samples of various natural sounds and photos, promote nature recording and archiving, and provide a library of sounds that people can refer to when they hear something new. Naturesongs.com also licenses its copyrighted sounds and supplies custom audio files to individuals and businesses for educational, sound effect, commercial and personal use…

David Stewart's Nature Sounds

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Bird, Frog and Mammal calls encompassing the tropical and subtropical regions of eastern Australia with detailed support information in the cover. Comprehensive coverage includes 5 frog species which are believed to be extinct.

Wildsounds

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WildSounds is a leading international supplier of bird and wildlife sound guides on CD and cassette. Our extensive catalogue also includes gentle atmosphere recordings, videos, CD-ROMs and Field Recording Equipment. We have successfully launched a comprehensive natural history mail-order book shop. Order Online to take advantage of POSTFREE delivery in the UK and many discounted prices, even on new titles!

Neville Recording

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Since 1994, Neville Recording Productions has created 5 CDs celebrating hundreds of feathered vocalists: Birds of the Kootenays, Bird Songs of the Creston Valley, Bird Songs of the Okanagan, Songs and Sounds of the Canadian Rockies, Bird Songs of Canada`s West Coast.

Bird Listening Cafe

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Japanese Bird Song

Guide to Animal Sounds on the Net

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This is a link to one of the THREE pages devoted to links to websites about bird sounds.

Nature Sound

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Bird, Frog and Mammal calls encompassing the tropical and subtropical regions of eastern Australia with detailed support information in the cover. Comprehensive coverage includes 5 frog species which are believed to be extinct.

Nature Sound Studio

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Products and Services Featuring the Sounds of Birds, Frogs, Insects, and Mammals - Lang Elliott - Sole Proprietor

Bird Call Recordings - Asia

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Bird song from many parts of Asia….

Sounds Natural and Tale to Tell

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Welcome to Sounds Natural and Tale to Tell, an audio production company which was started by Ken Jackson in the late 1980s at a time when he had been producing and presenting natural history for BBC World Service, Radio 2 and Radio 4 for several years. We provide an unique range of natural sounds on their own or radio-on-cassette-and-CD productions with commentary covering many aspects of wildlife and the countryside, as well as drama, poetry and heritage titles.

Fiddle Tunes - For the Birds

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Cheeky but I couldn`t resist ading this! This is one of the tastiest independent label albums you will come across any time soon. The eclectic mix of Texas fiddle and bluegrass to Celtic and jazz may raise an eyebrow or two, but the entire collection of songs is tied together by a single theme. All songs are tunes with bird names. The standards are wonderfully interpreted without losing the original integrity, and the originals Arvel composed are an incredible mastery of the music inspired by the calls and characteristics of our winged friends…

Suoni & Canti degli Uccelli d'Europa

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…covers 413 species with one example of each…

Fuglelyder

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More than 300 mp3-compressed birdsongs…

Sound ID - Identiflyer

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Over 200 US Birds and Their Songs on 20 SongCards200 birds along with stunning color illustrations, are organized on 20 interchangeable SongCards and play through the IdentiFlyer SongPlayer. SongCards are arranged by habitat making it easy AND rewarding to recognize birds in your area even on your VERY FIRST try. Simply slide in different SongCards to explore the entire world of birding. A must for nature lovers of all ages and expertise…

CD - Sam's Guides

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US Birdsong CDs

Bird Song Ear Training

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Several books and DVDs on the subject [US Birds]

Nature Sounds.ca

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Nature Sounds.ca is dedicated to sharing the sounds and experiences of the woods and forests of northeastern North America. When recording, meticulous care is taken to exclude man-made sounds, or the sounds of domestic animals. A pristine audio experience of wilderness is the result…

RememBird™

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RememBird™ is the first digital audio recorder to have been designed by a birder, for birders. It can be attached to your binoculars to let you whisper your observations without taking your eye off the bird; record the bird`s call and (optionally) play downloaded recordings of hundreds of species…

Bird Watching Electronic Listening Device

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Bird Watching Electronic Listening Device can capture distant sounds (and voices) that would otherwise not be heard with the help of our sophisticated Bird Watching Electronic Listening Device. Imagine standing in the end zone of a football field and being able to hear what someone is saying at the other end…

Mandarin Productions - Bird Song CDs

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Are you going to visit The Gambia, Senegal, Kenya, Tanzania, Trinidad & Tobago or Mauritius? Then you will want one of these CDs to learn some of the beautiful bird songs of the area… Update text

Wildlife Acoustics

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Now you can identify birdsongs in the field in real time. Just point Song Sleuth in the direction of a birdsong. In seconds, the software analyzes, identifies and rank-orders the prime suspects and displays the results. Song Sleuth uniquely combines the latest signal processing and directional microphone technologies with birdsong recordings from the world-renowned Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. It's not a mere birdsong dictionary or flashcard pack. It's a totally new high-tech tool for birders at all levels…

Wildlife Acoustics

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Biologists working for universities and government agencies around the world choose Wildlife Acoustics equipment and software for passive acoustic monitoring of birds, frogs, bats, and other vocal wildlife populations…

Nature Sound

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Digitally recorded Bird and Animal sounds… bird recordings of the month and a very good podcasting service, etc…

Identiflyer

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Organized on Interchangeable SongCards. Simply slide in another SongCard to change bird species. A must for bird fans of all ages and expertise…. this is a handheld device to identify bird song [US only]

Wild Sanctuary

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Wild Sanctuary is home to the largest private archive of natural sound, anywhere! Our worldwide collection represents over  3,500 hours of wild soundscapes and nearly 15,000 species. The mission: To help connect people to the wild by preserving, presenting, and protecting the voice of the natural world…

Xeno-canto

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Xeno-canto hosts over 1400 species from Colombia, Peru and Brazil, over 1300 from Ecuador, over 1200 from Bolivia and more than 1100 from Venezuela…

Birdjam

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Know the birds you hear; Bird songs on your iPod…

Telinga Parabolic Microphones

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All Telinga Parabolic Microphones are designed for the utmost reliablity. They are amazingly light-weight, at around a kilo, and very easy to use. Great care has been taken to solve the most common problems with wildlife recording - wind and handling noise, as well as inherent noise from the microphone and amplifiers. Telinga designs are unique. They have been developed over many years of careful research and continuously updated in co-operation with ornithologists, wildlife film makers and researchers in the field of bio-acoustics.

Animal Sound Recordings

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A growing database of animal calls, songs and sounds…

Bird calls and songs

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The most familiar sound birds make is song, which is the often complex series of notes that birds make to establish territory and attract mates. Songs can be sub-divided into categories or functions such as flight, dawn, territorial, courtship etc…

Earbirding.com

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Recording, identifying, and interpreting bird sounds… A birder since my childhood in South Dakota, I got started identifying bird songs by studying the classic “Birding By Ear” field guides in the Peterson series. It wasn’t until 2003, when I faced the frustrations of studying sounds for my first trips to Mexico and Costa Rica, that I fell into my current obsession with finding new and better ways to learn, describe, and catalog bird sounds. Along the way I got obsessed with recording and formal bioacoustics too…

Bird Calls: Identifying and Interpreting Bird Behaviors

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Alderleaf Wilderness College - In this section of the online library you will discover a variety of articles relating to birds and how to identify and interpret their calls and behaviors…

Bird Song Mnemonics

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Here are two lists of mnemonics and other descriptions that can be used as an aid to remembering and identifying birds in the field by their songs and calls. The first list, by Voice, is sorted alphabetically by the sounds birds make. The second, by Bird, is sorted alphabetically by bird name….

Bird Song Mnemonics

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The following table contains a track listing and an abbreviated mnemonic or description…

Bird Voices

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Recordings of North American birds illustrated with sonograms…

Vocalizations of birds in Douglas-fir forests of northwestern California

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Vocalizations of birds in Douglas-fir forests of northwestern California … with extensive descriptions of obscure and undescribed bird call…

Bird Song Identification

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Ernie Jardine's guide to the songs of over 200 birds of e. N. Am.. Songs (simple to more complex) are grouped by habitat and by those with similar sounding deliveries. My book "Bird Song Defined Decoded Described", has further detail and explanation…

Singing Bird Collection

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Tentang burung kicauan – A Malaysian site about Bird Songs and Calls…

British Birdsong

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...contains birdsongs from 208 different species. The website is very easy to use and also works on tablets and smartphones...

Bird-sounds

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Listen to the sounds of 602 North American bird species.