Running Time:

90 min

Release Date:

September 2011

Recording Location:

Mkomazi National Park, NE Tanzania, Africa
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Dawn Chorus: Tanzania

Experience an extraordinary morning of birdsong from East Africa.

In the darkness before dawn, Bush Babies and an African Scops Owl call quietly, before a Morning Thrush breaks the stillness with its pure, melodious song.

Over the next hour, the birdsong builds in waves, with Bulbuls, Doves, Bru-Brus, Hornbills, Go-Away-Birds, Spurfowl, Long-crested Eagle, Francolins, Puffbacks and Orioles all joining the growing dawn chorus.

This is a vibrant recording, rich with the diversity of birdlife to be encountered in the African dry tropics.

Sarah comments:

"This album includes a bonus track, recorded in the same location the previous afternoon, capturing the late afternoon birddsong as the sun dipped below the horizon"

Andrew introduces the recording of this album:


Audio sample of this album


Pre-dawn: African Scops Owl



The First Songbird: Spotted Morning Thrush



Humming: Cicadas, Ring-necked & Laughing Doves



Long-crested Eagle & Black-backed Puffback



African Black-headed Oriole & Yellow-necked Spurfowl



White-bellied Go-away-bird



(bonus track) Late Afternoon at Mkomazi


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