Published: April 11, 2018

The Animal Sound Library

Emily Graslie, Chief Curiosity Correspondent, Brain Scoop


The Museum für Naturkunde is home to one of the largest collections of animal sound recordings in the world. They're studied by scientists to learn about what animals live in an area, and what time(s) of year they're active, and in what abundance.

One of the field recorders featured was initially created for use by agents in the CIA! (Scientists used it for spying, too; on birds.)

Animal Sound Archive

Access the recordings

More info through Google Cultural Institute

Research paper: Information obtained from long-term acoustic recordings: applying bioacoustic techniques for monitoring wetland birds during breeding season.

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Special thanks to Juliane Röhner and Manja Voß for their generous help and guidance through this process.