The Florida Museum of Natural History Bird Collection and the Borror Laboratory of Bioacoustics at The Ohio State University are pleased to announce the completion of their
collaborative effort to digitize the recorded animal sounds housed at FLMNH. The collection of recorded sounds in the FLMNH was founded by the late Bill Hardy and is one of the largest in the western hemisphere. It is third largest in number of recordings
and second largest in number of species and total duration of recordings, and has grown by 10% in the last five years. Over 120 of the world’s 174 avian families are represented. The collection is particularly strong in Neotropical birds, with tinamous, trogons,
woodpeckers, antbirds, flycatchers, wrens, wood warblers, and corvids being especially well represented. Geographical strengths include North America, especially Florida, and the Neotropics, with smaller but notable numbers of recordings from Africa, Australia,
and Southeast Asia. The NSF-funded project resulted in the creation of of over 27,500 digital recordings, saved in both high-resolution .wav and .mp3 formats. Metadata associated with recordings can be searched at:
http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/bird-sounds/ with links to mp3 versions
of each cut, and will be available at VertNet in the future.
Queries regarding specimen loans should be directed to the Collection Manager, Dr. Thomas Webber at the Florida Museum of Natural History (m("flmnh.ufl.edu","twebber");">).