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Web address www.xeno-canto.org
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  • English
  • Dutch
  • Polish
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Current status Active

xeno-canto is a citizen science project in which volunteers record, upload and annotate recordings of birdsong and bird calls. All the recordings are published under one of the Creative Commons licenses,[1] including some with open licences. The data has been re-used in scientific papers.[2][3] The website is supported by a number of academic and birdwatching institutions worldwide, with its primary support being in the Netherlands.[4]


  1. ^ "Terms of Use". xeno-canto. Retrieved 2013-01-07. 
  2. ^ Brumm, H. and Naguib, M. (2009), "Environmental acoustics and the evolution of bird song", Advances in the Study of Behavior 40: 1–33, doi:10.1016/S0065-3454(09)40001-9 
  3. ^ Weir, J.T. and Wheatcroft, D. (2011), "A latitudinal gradient in rates of evolution of avian syllable diversity and song length", Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 278 (1712): 1713–1720, doi:10.1098/rspb.2010.2037 
  4. ^ "Colophon and Credits". xeno-canto. Retrieved 2013-01-07. 

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