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Listen to nature: explore wildlife sounds of Africa

On the map below, the location of each wildlife sound recording is identified by a red map pin. Click on the pin to listen.

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In addition to the sounds featured in the map, the alphabetical list below contains further recordings from this region. Click on the name to listen.

African Fish Eagle Haliaetus vocifer
calls, recorded by TC White, 13 January 1983, Lake Naivasha, Kenya.
Algerian Nuthatch Sitta ledanti
song from "African Birds CD", vol 1, recorded by Nick Gardner, 10 September 1991, Djebel Babor, Algeria.
Bannerman's Turaco Turaco bannermani
from "African Birds Sounds - vol 2" CD, recorded by Nick Gardner, 22 March 1997, Bafut-Nguemba Forest Reserve, Cameroon.
Black-billed Wood Dove Turtur abyssinicus
song, recorded by Robert Stjernstedt, Achimota Forest, Ghana.
Chimpanzee Pan troglodytes
recorded by Jo Wong, 3-20 July 1995, Budongo Forest, Masindi district, Uganda.
Colobus Monkey Colobus guereza
recorded by Roland McVicker, 29 July 1982, Kakamega, Kenya.
Cryptic Warbler Cryptosylvicola randrianasoloi
song, recorded by Simon Harrap, Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar.
Cuckoo Roller Leptosomus discolor
calls, recorded by Anthony H. Baylis, 2 October 1990, Montagne D'Ambre National Park, North Madagascar, Madagascar.
Degodi Lark Mirafra degodiensis
calls, recorded by Steve Smith, 25 December 1995, Bogol Manyo area, Ethiopia.
Desert Cisticola Cisticola aridula
song, recorded by Claude Chappuis, 2 June 1972, Lake Chad, Chad.
Green Turaco Turaco persa
calls, recorded by Francoise Dowsett-Lemaire, 20 March 1988, Chappa Waddi, Nigeria.
Indri Indri indri
song, recorded by Jon Pollock, 1972, Madagascar.
Olive Baboon Papio anubis
shriek and bark, recorded by Claude Chappuis, 22 January 1967, Parc Nairobi, Kenya.
Pallid Honeyguide Indicator meliphilus
calls, recorded by David Fisher, 4 February 2000, Malindi, E Kenya.
Pemba Scops Owl Otus pembae
song, recorded by Tom Gullick, 20 August 2002, edge of Ngezi Forest, NW Pemba, Zanzibar.
Rusty Forest Treefrog Leptopelis viridis
recorded by Mark Day, 29 July 1989, 7km north of Bafarta, Guinnea-Bissau.
Scarlet-spectacled Wattle-eye Platysteira cyanea
song, recorded by Steve Smith, 22 February 1994, Abuko, Gambia.
Seychelles Sunbird Nectarinia dussumieri
song, recorded by Robert Stjernstedt, 8 November 1976, Mahe, Seychelles.
Slate-coloured Boubou Laniarius funebris
song, recorded by Claude Chappuis, 10 September 1980, Bushwhackers, 200 km south-east Nairobi, Kenya.
Sulphur-breasted Bush Shrike Telophorus sulfureopectus
song, recorded by Claude Chappuis, 18 January 1967, Manyara Lake, Tanzania.
Tree Hyrax Dendrohyrax dorsalis
calls, recorded by Francoise Dowsett-Lemaire, November 1989, Nyungwe Forest, Rwanda.
Tropical savannah soundscape
recorded by Robert Stjernstedt, 7 September 1966, Arusha, Tanzania.
Vervet Monkey Cercopithecus aethiops
calls, recorded by Roland McVicker, 28 July 1982, Lake Naivasha, Kenya.
Yellow Baboon Papio cynocephalus
barks, recorded by Roland McVicker, 4 September 1983, Ramis, Kenya.
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Cryptic Warbler (Cryptosylvicola randrianasoloi). Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar. Recorded by Simon Harrap. Indri (Indri indri). Madagascar. Recorded by Jon Pollock. Cuckoo Roller (Leptosomus discolor). Montagne D'Ambre National Park, North Madagascar, Madagascar. Recorded by Anthony H. Baylis. Pemba Scops Owl (Otus pembae). Edge of Ngezi Forest, NW Pemba, Zanzibar. Recorded by Tom Gullick. African Toad (Bufo regularis). Lake Duluti, Arusha, Tanzania. Recorded by Robert Stjernstedt. Tropical savannah soundscape. Arusha, Tanzania. Recorded by Robert Stjernstedt. Sulphur-breasted Bush Shrike (Telophorus sulfureopectus). Manyara Lake, Tanzania. Recorded by Claude Chappuis. Yellow baboon (Papio cynocephalus). Ramis, Kenya. Recorded by Roland McVicker. Vervet Monkey (Cercopithecus aethiops). Lake Naivasha, Kenya. Recorded by Roland McVicker. African Fish Eagle (Haliaetus vocifer). Lake Naivasha, Kenya. Recorded by TC White. Pallid Honeyguide (Indicator meliphilus). Malindi, E Kenya. Recorded by David Fisher. Colobus Monkey (Colobus guereza). Kakamega, Kenya. Recorded by Roland McVicker. Degodi Lark (Mirafra degodiensis). Bogol Manyo area, Ethiopia. Recorded by Steve Smith. Olive Baboon (Papio anubis). Parc Nairobi, Kenya. Recorded by Claude Chappuis. Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes). Budongo Forest, Masindi district, Uganda. Recorded by Jo Wong. Tree Hyrax (Dendrohyrax dorsalis). Nyungwe Forest, Rwanda. Recorded by Francoise Dowsett-Lemaire. Slate-coloured Boubou (Laniarius funebris). Bushwhackers, 200 km south-east Nairobi, Kenya. Recorded by Claude Chappuis. Bannerman's Turaco (Turaco bannermani). Bafut-Nguemba Forest Reserve, Cameroon. Recorded by Nick Gardner. Desert Cisticola (Cisticola aridula). Lake Chad, Chad. Recorded by Claude Chappuis. Green Turaco (Turaco persa). Chappa Waddi, Nigeria. Recorded by Francoise Dowsett-Lemaire. Black-billed Wood Dove (Turtur abyssinicus). Achimota Forest, Ghana. Recorded by Robert Stjernstedt. Rusty Forest Treefrog (Leptopelis viridis). 7km north of Bafarta, Guinnea-Bissau. Recorded by Mark Day. Scarlet-spectacled Wattle-eye (Platysteira cyanea). Abuko, Gambia. Recorded by Steve Smith. Go to World Map Go to Southern Africa Map Algerian Nuthatch (Sitta ledanti). Djebel Babor, Algeria. Recorded by Nick Gardner.