Learn Bird Songs!

“They sing, they talk, they whinny and squawk and squeak. They chip and chirp and chack, and the cry and crow and caw. Some ducks quack, some whistle, some peep or screech. Some birds bark or croak or grunt or grumble. Many species, at one time or another mutter and mumble and whisper. You could fill volumes, write epic speeches and set up courses for online universities based on the sounds our amazing feathered friends make.” ~Doug Von Gausig at Naturesongs.com

Do you enjoy the sounds of birds chirping in the trees? Would you like to start learning bird sounds and songs? Learning bird songs is one of the best ways to increase enjoyment of nature. Frequently a bird is not visible, but you can still hear the sound it makes. Expert birders can recognize birds just by their call.

BirdJam.com has stunning-quality songs and sounds of many common birds of Eastern North America. The songs are organized by habitat and species groupings (i.e., Warbler Songs). See also their page: How to Learn Bird Songs

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology has ID tips, sound, and video for many North American species. Their goal is to eventually feature detailed ID information, photos, natural history, cool facts, sound recordings, and videos for all 700+ birds that live in North America. Read their informative article: Songs and Sounds: Vocal Communication in Birds. You can also download the top 5 songs from birds reported in last year’s Backyard Bird Count. Receive high-quality recordings of Northern Cardinal, Mourning Dove, Dark-eyed Junco, Downy Woodpecker, and American Goldfinch.

The songs and calls of more than 550 North American birds can now be heard online at eNature.com. Just click on one of the names to find a particular species.

NatureSongs – On these pages are the sounds of Western birds – not just bird calls or bird songs, but all the sounds birds make, such as wing sounds and bill rattles! Many of these recordings were done at or near Peck’s Lake, one of the finest wetlands in Central Arizona.

New York State Birds – Calls and songs of some New York state birds, organized by type of bird.

Florida Bird Sounds – All bird sounds on this website are taken from the audio cassette tape Sounds of Florida’s Birds, copyright 1998 by J. W. Hardy, Curator Emeritus in Ornithology and Bioacoustics at the Florida Museum of Natural History.

For bird songs from around the world, go to http://www.xeno-canto.org

And if you just want to listen to the relaxing sound of birds for 30 minutes, click here.

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One thought on “Learn Bird Songs!

  1. Great article, but I hope you can expand it to include Larkwire — which is a game-based approach to learning bird sounds. It’s fun AND it’s based on sound principles of learning pyschology, so it makes learning the songs and calls much easier!

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