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Xeno Canto: Bird Songs from Tropical America. Xeno Canto continues to grow and as of November 2007 provides online access to about 15,000 vocalizations of more than 3,000 species of Neotropical birds, including Recurve-billed Bushbird, three Neomorphus, Araripe Manakin, all the potoos, White-winged Guan, Yellow-eared Parrot, Great Antpitta, Alagoas Tyrannulet, and many other rare birds.
New: The Bird Songs of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East by Andreas Schulze & Karl-Heinz Dingler. 819 species; running time 19:20 hours; 2817 recordings on 2 MP3-DVDs, with pdf booklets in English, French and German. Available from Amazon.de.
NEW: Bird Voices of Alta Floresta and Southeastern Amazonian Brazil by Curtis Marantz & Kevin Zimmer. Macauley Library of Natural Sounds 2006. 6-CD set. ISBN: 0938027670. Available from Sapsuckerwoods.com.
Victorious birds sing triumph over losers. New Scientist, 10 February 2004. Tropical Boubous in Côte d'Ivoire that successfully defended their territory from a simulated confrontation sang a distinctive "victory duet" from a high perch 30 minutes after playback stopped.
If you're interesting in upgrading microphones, B&H Photo now offers a package deal on the Sennheiser MKH 70 long shotgun RF condenser mic, with a kit including the mic, pistol grip shockmount, blimp windscreen, and long hair wind muff for $1699.95. You'll also need a power supply, mic to power supply cable, and power supply to tape deck pigtail cable (for a stereo deck with dual XLR inputs, ie, Sony TCD5ProII).
Shortwing.co.uk - Asian bird sounds and photos.
Mandarin Productions - Publishers of Clive Barlow's new 3 CD set, Bird Songs of the Gambia and Senegal.
Listen to calls of Spix's Macaw. (Now extinct in the wild.) To hear a simulated "flock", open this sound file (same tape, different file) while the first is running. From the Projeto Ararinha Azul website.
Following are some direct links to audio files on other birding websites. You should be able to listen to them in one or more of the following free programs: Winamp, Musicmatch, Windows Media Player, RealPlayer, and Quicktime. I am using CoolEdit2000 to digitize my tapes and create sonograms.
Alan Wilkinson, Sulawesi & Halmahera:
Moluccan Owlet-Nightjar, Aegotheles crinifrons
Sulawesi Nightjar, Caprimulgus celebensis
Ivory-breasted Pitta, Pitta maxima
Wallace's Standardwing, Semioptera wallacii
Piping Crow, Corvus typicus
Sulawesi Drongo, Dicrurus montanus
Malia, Malia grata
Great Shortwing, Heinrichia calligyna
Juan Mazar Barnett:
Bahia Spintail, Synallaxis whitneyi, with Rio de Janeiro Antbird, Cercomacra brasiliana, in background. Boa Nova, Bahia, Brazil, July 1998.
Rolf de By:
Tall-grass Wetland Tapaculo, Scytalopus iraiensis. Type locality at Quatro Barras, Paraná, Brazil.
Teus Luijendijk - Including Grey-crowned Crocias, Short-tailed Scimitar-babbler, Coral-billed Ground-Cuckoo, and a mystery warbler from Vietnam.
Sjoerd Mayer's CD-ROM "Bird Sounds of Bolivia, 2nd edition" This is the best commercial bird song product I have encountered. Here are some samples, with the compiler's notes:
Errata to Peter Boesman's CD-ROM "Birds of Venezuela - Photographs, Sounds, Distribution", third in the series of bird song CDs from Bird Songs International B.V.
Great Xenops (Megaxenops parnaguae) [JW note: I found this species among a mixed flock from its piercing call note in a patch of dense caatinga scrub along the road into Morro do Chapéu, Bahia, Brazil, in Oct 94.]
Hyacinth Macaw (Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus) [Still easy to see and hear along the lower Transpantaneira, MT, Brazil.]
Slaty Bristlefront (Merulaxis ater) [It's much easier to hear than to see this large tapaculo of Southeast Brazil. A good place to see it as well as the Spotted Bamboowren is in bamboo at Fazenda Capricornia, Ubatuba, SP, Brazil.]
Speckle-breasted Antpitta (Hylopezus nattereri) [Found throughout Southeast Brazil at sites such as Itatiaia National Park (more than halfway up the Jeep Trail) and the "housing estate" at São Francisco de Paula, RS.]
Short-tailed Antthrush (Chamaeza campanisona) [Chamaezas are difficult birds to record without overloading because of the surprisingly wide dynamic range of their songs.]
Brasília Tapaculo (Scytalopus novacapitalis) [Found in moist streamside patches in Serra da Canastra National Park, MG, but may be about to be split from the "Brasília Tapaculo" found at Brasília National Park.]
Lesser Seed-Finch (Oryzoborus angolensis) [A victim of relentless trapping by the cage bird trade throughout Latin America and now absent from most suitable habitat.]
In addition to the links above, I particularly recommend the following websites:
John van der Woude's trip reports, some of which include bird recordings.
OwlCam Sound Library - Excellent compilation of calls of Barred Owls.
Sounds of the Seychelles. They offer 2 CDs of nature sounds. Some mp3 excerpts are on the website, including Seychelles Blue Pigeon, Seychelles Paradise-Flycatcher, Seychelles Bulbul, Seychelles White-eye, and Seychelles Magpie-Robin.
Aves de Chile - Sonidos - a frustrating website, since only local Spanish names are given, i.e., equivalent to "the Robin" or "the Jay".
Shaun Peters' index to published bird sound recordings - Continues to grow -- more than 7,500 species!
of Caracas, Venezuela has a very comprehensive Library of Tapes of Venezuela containing vocalizations of more than 700 species, which he generously makes available for scientific use.