Tinamou and Titi Too

A couple of weeks ago, I posted a soundscape called Amazon Dreams, featuring a recording made in 2002 at the Madre Selva Biological Station in Peru. Here is yet another amazing soundscape from that trip, this one recorded by my friend Ted Mack.

Ted’s recording features the songs of a variety of species, including two species of tinamous, two owls, and a dove. The high point of the recording is when a group of titi monkeys sound off in the distance (pronounced “tee-tee”). The spectogram is also beautiful in its own right, and conveys the rich diversity of sounds from low to high:

Rainforest chorus from the Peruvian Amazon. Madre Selva Biological Station, about a day downriver from Iquitos. Recorded in early January of 2002 by Ted Mack.

It is difficult to criticize this recording. It is otherworldly to my ears, a soundscape so amazing that I just sit spellbound when I listen to it. Do you have the same reaction?

Let’s try to make sense of what we’re hearing. I’ll use the sound collection at MacCaulay Library to point you to reference recordings (just hit the species names, which are linked to specific xeno-canto recordings):

Undulated Tinamou – melodic 4-parted whistles
Cinereous Tinamou – simple loud whistles, all on one tone
Tropical Screech Owl – throaty gurgled songs heard in the background near the beginning
Tawny-bellied Screech-Owl– hollow tooting series heard after the Titi Monkeys end
Titi Monkeys – resonant outburst of calls starting halfway through
Gray-fronted Dove (?maybe not?) – low, soft moans heard throughout


  1. Am I correct in also hearing White-shouldered Antbird as well? I may have that ID wrong, this is from memory, but at the beginning, after both species of tinamou you can hear it, the high-pitched series of whistles from two birds. The dove sounds more like a species of quail-dove to me.

  2. Amazing! What a gorgeous soundscape.
    If I were to do anything I might lower the insects a little. They do start to drill into ones head.

  3. Fascinating Lang! it does sound very other-wordly. I appreciate you listing the species/sounds, making it easy to identify each one. I really like the ‘throaty gurgled songs’ of the Tropical Screech Owl, so very cool!
    I hope you don’t mind if I link your blog to my own.. the sounds of nature should be shared 🙂

    • Cindy: Please do link up. I need to increase traffic so that there are lots of people listening/viewing when I launch our new soundscape series (in a couple of months). So please do spread the word.

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