Quiz yourself! Which birds are we imitating in the video? (Scroll down to find the answers.)


It’s for me like wearing a comfortable blanket. I feel secure when I know who is singing around me.”

Kathi Borgmann, Cornell Lab Science Writer


How to Identify Bird Song uses a unique teaching approach. Travel North America visiting real soundscapes.

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Did you test yourself on the bird species we imitated in the video?
Here they are in order of appearance:

  1. Mourning Dove
  2. Northern Cardinal
  3. Barred Owl
  4. Eastern Screech Owl
  5. Asian Koel
  6. Yellow WarblerSweet, sweet, sweet. Isn’t it sweet?
  7. White-throated SparrowOld Sam Peabody Peabody Peabody!
  8. Olive-sided FlycatcherQuick three beers!
  9. Eastern TowheeDrink your tea!
  10. Warbling VireoI’ll see you and I’ll seize you and I’ll squeeze you ’til you squirt!

Follow the links to hear what each bird really sounds like.


Videographers: Chris Foito & Karen Rodriguez
Editor: Chris Foito
Producers: Mya Thompson & Sarah Wagner
Appearances by (in chronological order): Mya Thompson, Michael Huffaker, Marc Devokaitis, Andrew Weber, Ashik Rahaman, Kathi Borgmann