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What happens when a jazz composer challenges a vocal virtuoso to match the voices of some of her favorite birds? Serious fun. Join Grammy-recognized artists Maria Schneider and Theo Bleckmann in their musical experiment to help us tune in to nature’s music—from the melodious to the downright weird. You’ll never think of a sparrow or a toilet plunger in the same way again.
Then explore more of Maria’s favorite bird songs and try singing like a bird yourself with our Birds Got Swing playlist from the Macaulay Library archive.
The spring migration of waterfowl is one of my favorite sights to witness each year. Thousands of waterfowl push north as the ice on ponds and lakes begins to thaw. This is prime time for waterfowl courtship. Listen to hundreds of male Redheads displaying in this recording! Each time a male gives this call, he pulls his head back and quickly tosses it forward.
This recording presents a classic example of a marine cleaning station. A bit slow to start, this clip gets much more interesting when a
is fully revealed from behind the coral. This is one of my favorite clips because it shows some really interesting behavior, but also the mutualistic relationship between different organisms. Towards the end of the clip you get a real good look into the face of a Green Turtle. Listen carefully and you'll hear whales in the background, probably some nearby Humpback Whales.
From :07 to 1:26 is a nice clean example of nest feeding, featuring a cool species. Shot in HD with terrific light and nice selective focus.
It feels like I could reach right out and touch him! A nice tight shot with good light and a good exit. I think my choices demonstrate my perspective as a production oriented viewer. Since I'm mostly looking for pretty video of birds just being birds, outlandish behaviors aren't among my favorites. This is simply a beautiful shot of a killer bird!
The earth hosts approximately 10,000 species of
75% of which are represented in this archive. From your common feeder birds, including jays, chickadees and sparrows to the exotic birds-of-paradise, toucans and flamingos you can browse families and explore their diversity. You’ll discover some exceptions in the bird world, such as penguins and emus that are unable to fly, however, all birds have feathers and lay eggs, even if they are not masters of flight.
About 5,500 species of
roam the earth today. They are an incredibly diverse group from whales and dolphins, to bats, big cats, shrews and elephants. One trait they all have in common—hair. Listen to the astounding vocalizations of the nearly 70 marine mammal species in the archive or watch Polar Bears hunt in the high arctic. Explore recordings for the more than 600 mammal species in the archive!
Despite being among the very first animals to travel this earth,
are still very successful today. With nearly 8,200 species described these scaly, cold-blooded creatures survive in some of the toughest climates on earth. Like birds, most species lay eggs, but many snakes and lizards give birth to live young. Check out some videos of a Galapagos Tortoise or listen to an American Alligator!
Frogs and toads, newts and salamanders, and snake-like caecilians comprise the diverse class,
Many species begin their life as aquatic juveniles and transform into terrestrial adults. Amphibians are of particular conservation concern. Of the ~6,300 amphibians, one in three are threatened with extinction. Take a listen to any of the nearly 200 species in the archive!
Invertebrates with an exoskeleton, segmented body and jointed appendages are classified as
This includes insects, centipedes and millipedes, and crustaceans—shrimp, lobsters and crabs. Take a listen to the Snowy Tree-Cricket that varies how fast it delivers each note depending on the temperature.
This group takes the prize as the most diverse group of vertebrates, with nearly 32,000 species represented.
were the first vertebrates to radiate the earth, dating back 500 million years. The group includes the bony fish, sharks and rays, lungfish and coelacanths, hagfish, and lampreys. Watch videos of a Whale Shark feeding or hear what a squirrelfish sounds like!