Bird calls in MP3 format?

To: "Birding Aus" <>, <>
Subject: Bird calls in MP3 format?
From: "Bill Jolly" <>
Date: Thu, 26 Oct 2000 09:26:06 +1000
In response to David's musings, it's not too big a job.

I've put a lot of the calls from the BOCA tapes into my computer using Cool
Edit 2000, (downloadable from Tucows or zdnet).

I hasten to point out that I have done so solely for my private use, and
would not want to break copyright restrictions on BOCA's commercial product!

It is so much easier to have individual easily accessible files of bird
calls, either mp3 or wav, that enable one to just click on Black-eared
Cuckoo or whatever to hear the call rather than search through a cassette
tape. It's a great facility and I refer to the calls in the computer a lot
more readily than I did the original tape versions.

So technically, it's quite easily done - it's just a question of whether the
owners of the copyright would care to make their recordings available
commercially or otherwise through the net.

Bill Jolly

Lockyer Valley, Queensland.

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Ph: (+61) 7 4697 6111  Fax: (+61) 7 4697 6056

-----Original Message-----
 Behalf Of David McDonald
Sent: Thursday, 26 October 2000 10:03 AM
To: birding-aus posts
Cc: Dick Schodde
Subject: Bird calls in MP3 format?

The msg from Greg Pasquariello, below, comes from BirdChat. I wonder how
big a job it would be to get the BOCA library of calls, and/or that of
the Aust National Wildlife Collection, into MP3 format and make them
available for downloading? I note that the ANWC now has the Ray Swaby
Collection, '600 hours of distilled recordings and ... the most complete
collection of Australian bird voices in the world', on CD-ROM which
means that the calls are already digitised.

Considering our recent chat about the hurdles faced by print
publications like the wonderful Australian Birding magazine, maybe an
Australian birdcalls in MP3 web site, with a pay-as-you-download
facility, would be financially viable. I'd use it! Any entrepreneurs out
there interested?
Subject: RE: Sibley and Bird Song
From: "Greg Pasquariello" <gpasq(AT)>
Date: 25 Oct 2000 9:29am

As a birder and an audio studio owner (, one
thing that I've wanted to do for some time is to create a web site with
songs and calls of all species available as MP3 files.  People could
download the files onto their computer or onto any of the new pocket
sized MP3 players  and taken into the field.  A huge advantage is that
the song library could continue to grow and could be arranged however
the user wanted.

<snip>                     ---
Greg Pasquariello
theoreality, Inc.
 (720) 236-7411
Email: gpasq(AT) <gpasq(AT)>
Web Site: <>

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