The Cornell Guide to Bird Sounds: United States and Canada


The Cornell Guide to Bird Sounds: United States and Canada (v2021) is a compilation of curated audio files covering songs, calls, flight calls, and other sounds for 901 species found in the United States and Canada.



Note: Update available! This product is now updated to v2021 taxonomy. See below for more details.

The 1.8GB download includes 4,954 MP3 audio files covering 901 regularly occurring, vagrant, and introduced species in the United States (including Hawaii) and Canada. The audio in this collection was hand-picked and masterfully edited to ensure premium sound quality while showcasing a species’ range of vocalizations. The collection was made possible by the contributions of more than 495 sound recordists who archived their recordings in the Macaulay Library.

Proceeds from the sale of this guide will go to supporting free Macaulay Library tools to enhance your birding and power research and conservation.


Track information

View the About the Guide page for more information, including download instructions, contributor acknowledgments, a complete species list, and detailed track information.

v2021 Update

In December 2021, the guide was updated to v2021 of the Clements Taxonomy and over 100 new cuts were added. If you previously purchased the guide, you are able to download the updated version at no cost. See the About the Guide page for more details.

Album cover photo credits (clockwise from upper left): Golden-cheeked Warbler © Bryan Calk; Virginia Rail © Brad Imhoff; Lesser Yellowlegs © Ryan Sanderson; Black-throated Sparrow © Phil Chaon; Red-necked Grebe © Fahri Tunk