The quick guide to soundbirding

The quick guide to soundbirding

Use the following links to find out more about soundbirding :

  1. Why soundbirding ?
    1. Seeing through bushes
    2. Birding at night
    3. Identification of birds in flight
    4. Sound phylogeny and dialects
      1. Divergent evolution of sounds
      2. Dialects
    5. Strengths and limits of the sound approach : what can we really expect ?
      1. Sound and raritys
      2. Pitfalls in sound identification
  2. About bird songs
    1. How do birds sing ?
      1. Difference between bird songs and human songs
      2. The specificity of a bird’s vocal organ : the syrinx
    2. Why do birds sing ?
    3. Bird songs : instinct or learning ?
    4. Imitations and odd songs
  3. Sound and spectrograms
    1. Sounds, song and calls
      1. What’s a sound
      2. Song or call ?
      3. Other bird sounds : drumming, wing sounds,  bill clappering…
    2. What’s a spectrogram
      1. Why spectrograms ?
      2. The three dimensions of a spectrogram
    3. Describing sounds
      1. Duration, pitch and loudness
      2. Fundamental frequency and harmonics
      3. Sonic texture
        1. Isolated notes and sequences 
        2. Phrases, series, warbles and trills
        3. Patterns in duration and pitc
      4. Tone
        1. Modulation
        2. Clarity
        3. Put it all together
      5. Spatial location
  4. Which recording device ?
    1. Basic concepts about recording
      1. Microphones and directionality
      2. Zoom
      3. Recorder
    2. Different solutions for different uses
      1. Simple recorder
      2. Shotgun microphone + recorder
      3. Parabolic dish + recorder
      4. Build your own microphone
    3. Which settings ?
  5.  Softwares and audio processing
    1. RavenLite
    2. AudaCity
    3. Sound processing softwares like Tseep or Thrush
    4. Basic operations in sound processing
  6. When and where to record birds ?
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