Running Time:

74 min

Release Date:

December 2008

Recording Location:

Sunaberra National Park, western Orissa, India

Indian Woodland Birdsong

Deciduous woodlands are found across the Deccan plains of central India, and are home to some of India's most characteristic birdlife. This album comes from one unedited recording, with birdsong gradually develping as the sun rises.

We begin with White-browed Fantails, Prinias, Barbets, Bulbuls, Orioles and other small birds together weaving a melodic chorus. Among them, the quick drumming of a tiny Yellow-crowned Woodpecker sounds like a creaking door, while Alexandrine Parrots, Turtle Doves and Scimitar Babblers can also be heard. Later a pair of Indian Grey Hornbills fly in, and a troup of Langurs call nearby.

This is a magic recording from a perfect morning, presenting a symphony of India's dry-country songbirds.

Audio sample of this album

1.

In the Soft Light Before Sunrise

14.46

2.

A Symphony of Small Birdsong

15.52

3.

Turtle Doves and White-browed Fantail

16.42

4.

Brown-headed Barbets and Plum-headed Parrots

12.09

5.

Indian Grey Hornbills Fly In

15.00

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