This article is from the Birds FAQ, by Lanny Chambers with numerous contributions by others.
For North American birds, Houghton Mifflin's Peterson series includes
Walton and Lawson's _Backyard Bird Song_, a simple introduction to common
birds, as well as _Birding by Ear_, a more advanced course. These are
available in CD and cassette format. They also offer "aural field guides"
for North America on cassette and compact disc: there is an Eastern/
Central and a Western volume.
The National Geographic Society (In N.A. (800) 638-4077) offers an audio
field guide. Lang Elliot offers a series of recordings called _Know Your
Bird Songs_ that are very useful for advanced and intermediate birders.
Bernard Volet suggests the following for European bird songs:
Roche, J.-C.: _All the Bird Songs of Britain and Europe_
4 cassettes covering 420 species or 4 CDs covering 396 species,
Comments in French and English.
"For research, teaching, identification problems, covering Western and
Eastern Paleartic, Afro-tropical, Oriental, Australasian, Nearctic,
Neotropical and Antarctic, inquire at:
British Library of Wildlife Sounds (BLOWS)
National Sound Archive
29 Exhibition Road
London SW7 2AS
Fax +44 071 412 7441"
The British Library maintains an archive of wildlife recordings. See
their web page at