Nature’s Radio: Listening to Birds Singing to My Microphone


As a fervent bird, I need my binoculars (‘cans’) birder slang) A clean pair of ‘cans’ is the most essential tool a bird needs to watch and watch the birds do naturally. Bird-watching or ‘birding’ is observing and observing birds and their behavior in their natural habitats. In other words, all birders love to watch birds, or ‘go birding’, or simply, ‘birds’. Birding, as an activity, includes observing or admiring birds, photographing or filming them, counting or cataloging them, or sound-recording their vocalizations, or all of the above!

Birds, on the other hand, prefer to sing, herd, forage, hunt, migrate or breed in no particular order, in addition to other daily activities or seasonal functions. Therefore, it is safe to say that birds like birds and birds like to sing – in the most general sense.

Well, what about the birds who like to listen to the birds singing? The early bird gets the worm and the early bird gets the music: literally. Bird Music! No other can match the mesmerizing experience of watching the rapidly rising crescent of birds, singing their dawn chorus, hailing the rising sun, slowly dawn.

For the uneducated (or early risers), it just can’t match any other natural morning alarm clock in the world! Therefore, birds are not only tempting to an average birdwatcher, but also have functional utility to an average person, among other more compelling scientific reasons for the importance of birds and birds.

Birds are excellent messengers of our environment, and bird song is one of the indicators of species diversity. From Addition of new species to the Indian subcontinent Using avian bioacoustics to discover the fascinating subject of vocal resemblance or mimicry between the voices of young parasitic cuckoos and that of their host or foster parent, To Understanding Bird Classification And bird deliveryBird sound-recording plays an important role in the larger puzzle of understanding birds and bird behavior. It also directly contributes to the conservation efforts of natural habitats.

Studying the calls made by birds can aid in negotiation efforts for wildlife.
photo credit: pooja sharma

Contributing to this effort to better understand birds and our biodiversity, there is a growing tribe of birds who particularly enjoy tuning in to nature’s radio of bird sounds. They don’t have to change channels to hear the popular hits of the day, but just tune their ears and rely on a little practice!

As they say, no excellence can be achieved without constant practice. And many of the best birds are when a bird is not in a hurry! So with a little practice and time, any birdwatcher can become a master at identifying birds by their sounds.

The more you bird, the more you see, and this ‘bird’ looks! Taking a snapshot with the camera helps to capture a memory or a bird in a beautiful picture; To remember what it looked like, where it was found and what it was doing when it was found. So how do birds learn and remember bird sounds? Well, the more you listen, the more you learn, and the faster it sounds!

Each bird has a vocal repertoire that is unique to the species, and while learning their respective ‘calls’ or ‘songs’ can be done simply by hearing or watching a bird, by making an audio recording of their Capturing vowels may be a far more effective way of associating yourself with the language of birds.

As an avid bird sound-recordist, I like to point my microphone at a bird and press the record-button on my field sound-recorder, try and record whatever I have to say or squeak. Nothing makes me more happy. It chooses to speak! So what could be the most essential tool that a birder has to go through with already recording bird-sounds? Check Your Pockets: Your Smartphone!

All you have to do to get started setting up recording apps for android Or iOS device and using some Smartphone Recording Tips to get going! must practice Good field-recording technique Birds and birds while sound-recording; Whether you are using a smartphone or a more advanced system, this will go a long way in getting quality results. And if you find yourself bitten by the sound-recording bug (or the proverbial bird?), consider investing in some dedicated recording equipment, digital audio recorder And microphone (of a parabolic reflector or the mic of a shotgun), with some Belongings (windscreen, shockmount etc.).

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Overall, remember the basics of Three Bird sound-recording: find the bird singing the song, point your smartphone or microphone at it, and hit record! don’t forget to upload your recording Feather eBird For the whole world to hear your bird!


Pooja is an avid bird and bird sound-recordist (by ‘enthusiast’ she actually means ‘crazy’). Being a bird-insect-flower-watcher/mountain-tree-star-viewer, he has absolutely no knowledge of time. You can listen to the sound-recording of his bird here Macaulay Library or eBird, a recording of it, Between 30 recordings from around the world since 1929, featured on Macaulay Library: One Million Recordings Playlist Feather soundcloud,


This series is an initiative of the Nature Conservation Foundation (NCF), under its program ‘Nature Communications’ to promote nature content in all Indian languages. Join to learn more about birds and nature herd,


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