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Dawn on the Luangwa River

Dawn on the Luangwa River

South Luangwa National Park

Zambia
Recordist: Kin Corning
Location: South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
Habitat: Riverine
Notes: Pre-dawn soundscape featuring the calls of White-browed Coucal, Egyptian Geese, White-crowned Lapwing and Hadeda Ibis along with the splashing of Hippopotamus in the river. The track ends with a loud exchange of Hippopotamus grunts. More info
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Lion Echoes and Bats

Lion Echoes and Bats

Ruaha National Park

Tanzania
Recordist: Kin Corning
Location: Ruaha National Park, Tanzania
Habitat: Savannah
Notes: The roars of distant Lions echo on the walls of the dry riverbed in front of our tent. In the foreground, are the wingbeats of insect-hunting bats. More info
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Night Sounds of Magnetic Island

Night Sounds of Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island, Queensland

Australia
Recordist: Jeremy Hegge
Location: Magnetic Island, QLD, Australia
Habitat: Eucalypt forest
Notes: A nocturnal chorus featuring Southern Boobook owls, the odd calls of Orange-footed Scrubfowl along with countless insects. More info
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Above & Below a Creek

Above & Below a Creek

Kroombit Tops National Park, Queensland

Australia
Recordist: Jeremy Hegge
Location: Kroombit Tops NP, QLD, Australia
Habitat: Subtropical woodland
Notes: Recorded with hydrophones underwater, as well as regular microphones above the water, this lovely natural chorus is dominated by Striped Marsh Frogs, and a lone but prominent Northern Banjo Frog. Underneath the creek a buzzing chorus of aquatic insects create a mesmerizing sonic landscape. More info
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Monsoon Frog Chorus

Monsoon Frog Chorus

Townsville, Queensland

Australia
Recordist: Jeremy Hegge
Location: Townsville, QLD, Australia
Habitat: Wetland
Notes: After months of intense tropical dry heat, heavy rain drenched the land and soon after, the sounds of frogs filled the humid night air. More info
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Black Flying-Fox Colony

Black Flying-Fox Colony

Nitmiluk National Park, Northern Territory

Australia
Recordist: Stephen Frost
Location: Nitmiluk National Park, Northern Territory, Australia
Habitat: Tropical woodland
Notes: A noisy colony of Black Flying-Foxes returning to roost for the day on the banks of Katherine river. More info
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Forest of Life

Forest of Life

Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary

Thailand
Recordist: Marc Anderson
Location: Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary, Thailand
Habitat: Dry dipterocarp forest
Notes: Vibrant soundscape from Thailand's western forest complex featuring the sounds of Rufous Treepie, Black-hooded Oriole, Black-headed Woodpecker, Greater Racket-tailed Drongo Green Peafowl and Golden Jackal. More info
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Olive Toad Chorus

Olive Toad Chorus

Mmabolela Reserve

South Africa
Recordist: Jeremy Hegge
Location: Mmabolela Reserve, South Africa
Habitat: Waterhole in savannah
Notes: Eastern Olive Toads (Amietophrynus garmani) sing in hypnotic polyrhythms on a windy night by a waterhole in the savannah. More info
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In the Limpopo River

In the Limpopo River

Mmabolela Reserve

South Africa
Recordist: Jeremy Hegge
Location: Mmabolela Reserve, South Africa
Habitat: River and woodland
Notes: Fascinating perspective of the Limpopo river at dawn, with microphones above and hydrophones below the water! More info
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Great-tailed Grackle Colony

Great-tailed Grackle Colony

near Punta Gorda

Belize
Recordist: Fintan O'Brien
Location: near Punta Gorda, Belize
Habitat: Semi-rural
Notes: The sound of a tree full of roosting Great Tailed Grackles (with some Montesuma Oropendolas). More info
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Meadow Atmosphere

Meadow Atmosphere

near Boca Tapada

Costa Rica
Recordist: Fintan O'Brien
Location: near Boca Tapada, Costa Rica
Habitat: Tropical rainforest
Notes: Early morning in a sunny meadow next to the forest, the sound of flies, bees and crickets with distant parrots and a White-collared Seedeater in song. More info
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River of Life

River of Life

Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary

Thailand
Recordist: Marc Anderson
Location: Huai Kha Khaeng, Thailand
Habitat: River and mixed forest
Notes: Soundscape recorded on the banks of the Thap Salao river, as it flows gently through the beautiful forests of Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary. More info
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Morning at Umzumbi

Morning at Umzumbi

Mmabolela Reserve

South Africa
Recordist: Jeremy Hegge
Location: Mmabolela Reserve, South Africa
Habitat: Gallery forest
Notes: Morning chorus in a dry river bed, occasionally dominated by the very loud calls of a few Natal Spurfowl's, calling almost right next to the microphones. More info
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Thailand’s Deciduous Forest

Thailand’s Deciduous Forest

Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary

Thailand
Recordist: Marc Anderson
Location: Huai Kha Khaeng, Thailand
Habitat: Dry Dipterocarp forest
Notes: In this sample you can hear the fluty calls of Black-hooded Oriole, the chattering of White-crested Laughingthrush and many other species including Lineated Barbet, Blue-bearded Bee-eater and Black Giant Squirrel. More info
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Evening on Lake Langano
Ethiopia
Recordist: Stella Aquilina
Location: Lake Langano, Ethiopia
Habitat: Dry forest & lake
Notes: Ambient insect life and night sounds near Lake Langano More info
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Pre-dawn in Bardia

Pre-dawn in Bardia

Bardia National Park

Nepal
Recordist: Marc Anderson
Location: Bardia National Park, Nepal
Habitat: Riverine forest
Notes: At first light, the calls of nocturnal birds, Large-tailed Nightjar and Asian Barred Owlet, fade into the rising dawn chorus. More info
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Jungle Monsoon

Jungle Monsoon

Chitwan National Park

Nepal
Recordist: Marc Anderson
Location: Chitwan National Park, Nepal
Habitat: Riverine forest
Notes: Dark clouds were forming, grumbling and rolling continuously. This particular afternoon, the rainfall was lighter than usual, and soon enough the storm had passed, birds singing again as the sky brightened.More info
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Indri

Indri

Andasibe-Mantadia National Park

Madagascar
Recordist: Gerhard Huebner
Location: Andasibe-Mantadia National Park, Madagascar
Habitat: Tropical forest
Notes: A close encounter with a group of singing Indri, a type of lemur. More info
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A Night at Umzumbi

A Night at Umzumbi

Mmabolela Game Reserve

South Africa
Recordist: David Michael
Location: Mmabolela Game Reserve, South Africa
Habitat: Dry river bed & savannah
Notes: Recorded overnight in the dry river bed at Umzumbi in Mmabolela, South Africa as part of Sonic Mmabolela. Featuring the disconcerting shouts and barks of alarmed baboons, this is raw African night. Jackals, bats, frogs, crickets, and birds add their voices to this haunting nocturnal soundscape. More info
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Birdsong in Kruger

Birdsong in Kruger

Kruger National Park

South Africa
Recordist: Katrin Steglich
Location: Kruger National Park, South Africa
Habitat: Savannah
Notes: Morning birdsong from the bush and savannah in South Africa's famous Kruger National Park. More info
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The Sacred Forests of India

The Sacred Forests of India

Nagarahole National Park, Karnataka

India
Recordist: Listening Earth
Location: Nagarahole National Park, Karnataka, India
Habitat: Subtropical broadleaf forest
Notes: This recording features the sounds of elephants, monkeys, deer and tiger, while birdsong echoes among deep jungles of teak, rosewood and bamboo. More info
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Indian Jungle Dawn

Indian Jungle Dawn

Satkosia National Park, Orissa

India
Recordist: Listening Earth
Location: Satkosia National Park, Orissa, India
Habitat: Subtropical broadleaf forest
Notes: A beautiful morning of birdsong unfolds in one of India's rare lowland forests. More info
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Indian Woodland Birdsong

Indian Woodland Birdsong

Sunaberra National Park, western Orissa

India
Recordist: Listening Earth
Location: Sunaberra National Park, western Orissa, India
Habitat: Subtropical broadleaf forest
Notes: This sample begins with White-browed Fantails, Prinias, Barbets, Bulbuls, Orioles and other birds together weaving a melodic chorus. Later a pair of Indian Grey Hornbills fly in, and a troupe of Langurs call nearby. More info
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Forest Nocturne

Forest Nocturne

Cotigaon National Park, Goa

India
Recordist: Listening Earth
Location: Cotigaon National Park, Goa, India
Habitat: Subtropical broadleaf forest
Notes: As the last birds sing and settle down, tiny Jungle Owlets awake with soft calls. The soft 'chapping' of geckos is heard, and as evening deepens, nocturnal crickets develop a hypnotising chorus of chiming rhythms. More info
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Zebra Herd by the River

Zebra Herd by the River

Tarangire River

Tanzania
Recordist: Listening Earth
Location: Tarangire River, Tanzania
Habitat: Savannah grassland
Notes: A group of several hundred zebra come to the river to drink at midday. They are nervous of predators, and indeed we'd seen several prides of lions in the vicinity in previous days. Also heard are collared doves, plover and buffalo weavers. More info
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Night on the Savannah

Night on the Savannah

Manyara National Park

Tanzania
Recordist: Listening Earth
Location: Manyara National Park, Tanzania
Habitat: Equatorial broadleaf forest
Notes: We were camped in a forest clearing at Manyara NP, and heard these lions calling very close to our camp. The lion may seem quiet, but turn your volume up so the night insects sound pretty loud (they were!) and just imagine lying on the ground with only Chinese nylon between you and the night sounds. More info
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An African Night

An African Night

Near the Tarangire River

Tanzania
Recordist: Listening Earth
Location: Near the Tarangire River, Tanzania
Habitat: Equatorial savannah
Notes: The air is filled with a rich chorus of nocturnal insects. Bats flutter overhead, sometimes coming close and audibly echo-locating. Nightjars call mysteriously on the wing, and if you listen carefully, the deep rumbling vocalisations from a family of elephants can occasionally be heard. More info
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Hyenas on the Maasai Mara
Kenya
Recordist: Eloisa Matheu
Location: Maasai Mara, Kenya
Habitat: Savannah
Notes: Hyenas call at night from around our campsite in the savannah of the Maasai Mara. More info
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Night by an African River

Night by an African River

near Mkoba, Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe
Recordist: Kim + Craig
Location: near Mkoba, Zimbabwe
Habitat: Riverine
Notes: Frogs, crickets and other night creatures call in this rich nocturnal soundscape by a river in the midlands of Zimbabwe. More info
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Lions Roaring Before Dawn
Zimbabwe
Recordist: Kim + Craig
Location: near Mkoba, Zimbabwe
Habitat: Open savannah
Notes: Excellent recording up close (too close?!) and personal with a pride of lions roaring pre-dawn to a backdrop of night bush sounds in the Zimbabwe midlands. More info
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Small-eared Galagos (Bushbabies)

Small-eared Galagos (Bushbabies)

Lake Manyara National Park

Tanzania
Recordist: Kin Corning
Location: Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania
Habitat: Mahogany/fig woodland
Notes: In this clip are two exchanges of calls from trees close to the microphone. Between the Galago calls, distant Hippopotamus make their characteristic grunts. More info
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Elephant Browsing at Night

Elephant Browsing at Night

Ruaha National Park

Tanzania
Recordist: Kin Corning
Location: Ruaha NP, Tanzania
Habitat: Savannah
Notes: Elephant tearing branches from a small tree. Amid the crashing of vegetation, you can hear the grinding of the Elephant chewing, and some other unexpected sounds I have annotated on the timeline. More info
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Bushfire in Kakadu

Bushfire in Kakadu

Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory

Australia
Recordist: Marc Anderson
Location: Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia
Habitat: Tropical woodland
Notes: Bushfires are part of the annual cycles in Kakadu. In the dry woodlands and grasslands, controlled burns are carried out in the early dry season to stimulate new plant growth. More info
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Jungle Book Forest

Jungle Book Forest

Chitwan National Park

Nepal
Recordist: Marc Anderson
Location: Chitwan National Park, Nepal
Habitat: Sal & riverine forest
Notes: Spring birdsong including orioles, barbets, doves, magpie-robins, ioras, coucals, junglefowl and peafowl. The barking alarm call of a large Sambar deer can be heard regularly, a sure sign of a big cat nearby. More info
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Nourlangie

Nourlangie

Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory

Australia
Recordist: Marc Anderson
Location: Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia
Habitat: Dry woodland and monsoon forest
Notes: Species recorded include: Northern Fantail, Silver-crowned Friarbird, Pied Butcherbird, Spangled Drongo and Sandstone Shrike Thrush. More info
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A Day in Bardia

A Day in Bardia

Bardia National Park

Nepal
Recordist: Marc Anderson
Location: Bardia National Park, Nepal
Habitat: Riverine & sal forest
Notes: Recorded in early spring, when many of the resident birds and newly-arrived migrant species start to breed. More info
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Grey Go-away-bird

Grey Go-away-bird

South Luangwa National Park

Zambia
Recordist: Derek Solomon
Location: South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
Habitat: Savannah
Notes: This comical bird has a distinctive and loud alarm call which sounds like it's saying "Go-away"!
Source: XC41424 and License: CC 2.5 (BY-NC-ND)
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