Blue Tit by Julian Bhalerao
The Sound Approach to birding

The Sound Approach to birding

Mark Constantine

A revolutionary new approach! Learn the facts of bird sound while listening to over 200 beautiful exclusive stereo recordings from all over the world. Combining anecdote, scientific theory and practical field experience the Sound Approach to birding is a step-by-step guide through tone, pitch, rhythm, reading sonograms, acoustics, and using sounds to age and sex birds. It explains how bird sounds are often the first indication of previously unrecognised taxonomic splits, and explains how to identify them. With the Sound Approach you can maximise the use of sound in enhancing your field skills, and improving your standards of identification, whatever the level of your experience. 192 pages.

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Common NameScientific Name
Red-throated DiverGavia stellata
Great Northern DiverGavia immer
Cory's ShearwaterCalonectris diomedea
European Storm-PetrelHydrobates pelagicus
Madeiran Storm-PetrelOceanodroma castro
Great BitternBotaurus stellaris
Mute SwanCygnus olor
Ruddy DuckOxyura jamaicensis
Eurasian TealAnas crecca
Common EiderSomateria mollissima
King EiderSomateria spectabilis
Red KiteMilvus milvus
Rock PtarmiganLagopus mutus
Caspian SnowcockTetraogallus caspius
Common QuailCoturnix coturnix
Water RailRallus aquaticus
Baillon's CrakePorzana pusilla
Common MoorhenGallinula chloropus
Stone-CurlewBurhinus oedicnemus
European Golden PloverPluvialis apricaria
American Golden PloverPluvialis dominica
Pacific Golden PloverPluvialis fulva
Grey PloverPluvialis squatarola
Ringed PloverCharadrius hiaticula
Semipalmated PloverCharadrius semipalmatus
Little PloverCharadrius dubius
Eurasian CurlewNumenius arquata
Common RedshankTringa totanus
Common SandpiperActitis hypoleucos
Eurasian WoodcockScolopax rusticola
Great SnipeGallinago media
Common SnipeGallinago gallinago
Short-billed DowitcherLimnodromus griseus
Long-billed DowitcherLimnodromus scolopaceus
Pectoral SandpiperCalidris melanotos
Herring GullLarus argentatus
Common NameScientific Name
Yellow-legged GullLarus cachinnans
Mediterranean Yellow-legged GullLarus cachinnans michahellis
Lesser Black-backed GullLarus fuscus
Common TernSterna hirundo
Arctic TernSterna paradisaea
Common CuckooCuculus canorus
Eurasian Scops OwlOtus scops
Ural OwlStrix uralensis
Little OwlAthene noctua
Pallid SwiftApus pallidus
Common SwiftApus apus
Lesser Spotted WoodpeckerPicoides minor
Great Spotted WoodpeckerPicoides major
Three-toed WoodpeckerPicoides tridactylus
Black WoodpeckerDryocopus martius
Greater Hoopoe-LarkAlaemon alaudipes
Wood LarkLullula arborea
Sky LarkAlauda arvensis
Horned LarkEremophila alpestris
Richard's PipitAnthus richardi
Blyth's PipitAnthus godlewskii
Tawny PipitAnthus campestris
Red-throated PipitAnthus cervinus
Bohemian WaxwingBombycilla garrulus
Winter WrenTroglodytes troglodytes
Ring OuzelTurdus torquatus
Common BlackbirdTurdus merula
Mistle ThrushTurdus viscivorus
European RobinErithacus rubecula
Thrush NightingaleLuscinia luscinia
Common NightingaleLuscinia megarhynchos
StonechatSaxicola torquata
Siberian StonechatSaxicola maura
Desert WheatearOenanthe deserti
Zitting CisticolaCisticola juncidis
Cetti's WarblerCettia cetti
Common NameScientific Name
Lanceolated WarblerLocustella lanceolata
Common Grasshopper WarblerLocustella naevia
River WarblerLocustella fluviatilis
Savi's WarblerLocustella luscinioides
Aquatic WarblerAcrocephalus paludicola
Sedge WarblerAcrocephalus schoenobaenus
Marsh WarblerAcrocephalus palustris
Eurasian Reed WarblerAcrocephalus scirpaceus
Blyth's Reed WarblerAcrocephalus dumetorum
Great Reed WarblerAcrocephalus arundinaceus
Booted WarblerAcrocephalus caligata
Sykes's WarblerHippolais rama
Üpcher's WarblerHippolais languida
Eastern Olivaceous WarblerHippolais pallida
Western Olivaceous WarblerHippolais opaca
Icterine WarblerHippolais icterina
Willow WarblerPhylloscopus trochilus
Common ChiffchaffPhylloscopus collybita
Iberian ChiffchaffPhylloscopus ibericus
Pallas's Leaf WarblerPhylloscopus proregulus
Yellow-browed WarblerPhylloscopus inornatus
Hume's Leaf WarblerPhylloscopus humei
BlackcapSylvia atricapilla
Garden WarblerSylvia borin
Lesser WhitethroatSylvia curruca
Orphean WarblerSylvia hortensis
Ménétries' WarblerSylvia mystacea
FirecrestRegulus ignicapilla
GoldcrestRegulus regulus
Red-breasted FlycatcherFicedula parva
Long-tailed-TitAegithalos caudatus
Marsh TitPoecile palustris
Willow TitPoecile montana
Coal TitPeriparus ater
Great TitParus major
Blue TitCyanistes caeruleus
Common NameScientific Name
Black-billed MagpiePica pica
Corn BuntingMiliaria calandra
ChaffinchFringilla coelebs
BramblingFringilla montifringilla
European GreenfinchCarduelis chloris
European GoldfinchCarduelis carduelis
Mealy RedpollAcanthis flammea
Trumpeter FinchBucanetes githagineus
Mongolian FinchBucanetes mongolicus
Common RosefinchCarpodacus erythrinus
Parrot CrossbillLoxia pytyopsittacus
Scottish CrossbillLoxia scotica
Common CrossbillLoxia curvirostra
Two-barred CrossbillLoxia leucoptera

Disclaimer The species list above is in systematic order, the taxonomy and nomenclature of which generally follows the Wells World Birds list on Birder's Diary v3.0 (courtesy of Thayer Software:, with adaptations by WildSounds.
The Wells World Birds list is based on a classification created by Mic Wells.
Please note that the above list may not be in the same order or be a full and accurate representation of the species on the title concerned. We take due care to ensure the accuracy of the list, but should you find any errors, please notify us.

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