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Listen to nature: explore wildlife sounds of Australia and New Guinea

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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Yellow Oriole (Oriolus flavocinctus). Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia. Recorded by Vicki Powys. Rufous Shrike-thrush (Colluricincla megarhyncha). Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia. Recorded by Vicki Powys. Pobblebonk Frog (Limnodynastes dumerili). Sunny Corner, New South Wales, Australia. Recorded by Vicki Powys. Pied Butcherbird (Cracticus nigrogularis). Lawn Hill National Park, Queensland, Australia. Recorded by Vicki Powys. Crested Bellbird (Oreoica gutturalis). Finke Gorge National Park, Northern Territory, Australia. Recorded by Vicki Powys. Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguiniae). Hamilton, Victoria, Australia. Recorded by John N. Hutchinson. Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus). Grampian Mountains, Victoria, Australia. Recorded by John B. Fisher. Cicada. Melbourne, Australia. Recorded by Ron Kettle. Sphagnum Frog (Kyrannus sphagnicolus). New England National Park, New South Wales, Australia. Recorded by John B. Fisher. Flying Fox (Pteropus sp). New South Wales, Australia. Recorded by John B. Fisher. Forest dawn chorus. Mt Tambomine, Queensland, Australia. Recorded by TC White. Rainforest Soundscape. Green Mountains, Queensland, Australia. Recorded by John N. Hutchinson. Eastern Whipbird (Psophodes olivaceus). Mt Tamborine, Queensland, Australia. Recorded by TC White. Bushland Dawn Chorus. Wrights Bridge, Blackwood River W.A, Australia. Recorded by John N. Hutchinson. New Britain Friarbird (Philemon cockerelli). East New Britain, Papua New Guinea. Recorded by Nigel Gummerson. Go to World Map Lesser Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea minor). Baiyer River, New Guinea. Recorded by Tom Gullick. Daintree Whistling Frog (Sphenophryne fryi). Windsor Tableland, Queensland, Australia. Recorded by David Stewart.

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.

Australasian Bush
recorded by John N. Hutchinson, 6 November 1975, Balingup, Western Australia, Australia.
Bushland Dawn Chorus
recorded by John N. Hutchinson, 31 October 1975, Wrights Bridge, Blackwood River W.A, Australia.
Cicada
tymbal vibrations, recorded by Ron Kettle, Melbourne, Australia.
Crested Bellbird Oreoica gutturalis
recorded by Vicki Powys, 4 September 1993, Finke Gorge National Park, Northern Territory, Australia.
Daintree Whistling Frog Sphenophryne fryi
recorded by David Stewart, 2 September 1995, Windsor Tableland, Queensland, Australia
Dusky Toadlet Uperoleia fusca
recorded by David Stewart, 23 January 1995, Ourimbah State Forest, New South Wales, Australia
Eastern Whipbird Psophodes olivaceus
song, recorded by TC White, Mt Tamborine, Queensland, Australia.
Flying Fox Pteropus sp
screeches, recorded by John B. Fisher, 3 October 1983, New South Wales, Australia.
Forest dawn chorus
recorded by TC White, 9 September 1979, Mt Tambomine, Queensland, Australia.
Green and Golden Bell Frog Litoria aurea
recorded by David Stewart, 9 January 1995, Yuraygir National Park, New South Wales, Australia
Koala Phascolarctos cinereus
calls, recorded by John B. Fisher, 6 March 1984, Grampian Mountains, Victoria, Australia.
Laughing Kookaburra Dacelo novaeguiniae
calls, recorded by John N. Hutchinson, 29 September 1979, Hamilton, Victoria, Australia.
Leaf Green Tree Frog Litoria phyllochroa
recorded by David Stewart, 23 January 1995, Watagan Mountains National Park, New South Wales, Australia
Lesser Bird of Paradise Paradisaea minor
recorded by Tom Gullick, 6 August 1999, Baiyer River, New Guinea.
New Britain Friarbird Philemon cockerelli
recorded for The British Library during the Oxford University 'Nakanai' expedition., recorded by Nigel Gummerson, 9 August 1993, East New Britain, Papua New Guinea.
Pied Butcherbird Cracticus nigrogularis
recorded by Vicki Powys, 20 July 1993, Lawn Hill National Park, Queensland, Australia.
Pobblebonk Frog Limnodynastes dumerili
recorded by Vicki Powys, 13 February 1992, Sunny Corner, New South Wales, Australia.
Rainforest Soundscape
recorded by John N. Hutchinson, 30 April 1980, Green Mountains, Queensland, Australia.
Rufous Shrike-thrush Colluricincla megarhyncha
recorded by Vicki Powys, 22 July 1990, Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia.
Southern Laughing Tree Frog Litoria tyleri
recorded by David Stewart, 17 January 1997, Kalateenee State Forest, New South Wales, Australia
Sphagnum Frog Kyrannus sphagnicolus
recorded by John B. Fisher, 30 October 1983, New England National Park, New South Wales, Australia.
Superb Lyrebird Menura novaehollandiae
song with mimicry and commentary, from the 78 rpm disc published in 1931, the first bird sound record issued in Australia, recorded by R Littlejohns, Australia.
Yellow Oriole Oriolus flavocinctus
recorded by Vicki Powys, 10 August 1993, Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia
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