What We're About

Tabon Megapode, Megapodius cumingii, Pamela C. Rasmussen, photographer, project AVoCet file Megapodius_cumingii_PTiga_30Jul10_2415.jpg Eurasian Hobby, Falco subbuteo, Filip Verbelen, photographer, project AVoCet file AV17510_adult_hobby_feeding_juveniles_31_august_2013.jpg Rufous-winged Philentoma, Philentoma pyrhoptera, Pamela C. Rasmussen, photographer, project AVoCet file Philentoma_pyrhoptera_Panti_25Aug13_PCR_9067_1.jpg Rail-babbler, Eupetes macrocerus, Kim Chuah Lim, photographer, project AVoCet file Babbler_Malaysian_Rail_Panti_2013_08_25_3_by_Kim_Chuah_Lim.jpg Indian Skimmer, Rynchops albicollis, PC Rasmussen, photographer, project AVoCet file Rynchops_albicollis_2Jan10Chambal-PCR_IN_Chambal_R_9147.jpg

Project AVoCet aims to provide a global database of well-documented, downloadable bird sounds in aid of environmental and ornithological research, conservation, education, and the identification and appreciation of birds and their habitats. The scientific use of avian sound recordings has long presented special challenges for a variety of reasons, including the separation of the recording and the individual responsible for the sound; the frequent lack of information provided on how a given identification was arrived at; the variability and complexity of many bird sounds; and the fact that many species are still little known and difficult to find. To help address these problems, among our major goals is the promotion of best practices in documentation so that individual recordings can serve as baseline data and can facilitate independent verification. We also aim to provide many recordings made in a variety of conditions and localities, not only of rare, localized species but also of common species that tend to be vocal and are therefore those most likely to be encountered and recorded.

We hope you’ll find the recordings on our site useful. Please check back frequently as we’ll be adding many more over the next few months and beyond (see “What’s here now? and “Coming soon!”). And, let us know if you’d like to get involved!

Accurate species identifications are our highest concern. If you believe you have found an error, please let us know at avocet@msu.edu.

Madagascar Swamp Warbler, Acrocephalus newtoni, Madagascar near Mantadia; 2 June 2008. Photo by P.C. Rasmussen.

Acrocephalus Newtoni PC Rasmussen

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