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Parker Neotropical Sound Collection Digitized

Fern Davies

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The Macaulay Library is very pleased to announce the recent completion of the digitization of the Ted Parker Neotropical sound collection. All of Ted's archived Neotropical recordings--from his first recording in 1973 (an Eared Quetzal in Mexico) to the recordings made just before his tragic death in 1993--are now digitized and playable on the Macaulay Library web site. This invaluable collection includes over 10,200 recordings totaling more than 260 hours of sound. All told, Ted recorded more than 1,850 species of birds, mammals, and anurans from Central America, South America, and the Caribbean.


It is our great pleasure to be able to share Ted Parker's incredible sound recording legacy with all who are interested in Neotropical birds. All of his recordings are now playable on the Macaulay Library web site. They are best accessed by going to our Advanced Search page (http://macaulaylibrary.org/advancedSearch.do), typing "Parker" in the Recordist field, and then selecting the "Parker, Theodore A., III" drop-down that appears. Like all recordings that are playable on the ML web site, Parker recordings are also available to researchers as 44.1kHz/16-bit .wav files upon request.


As we celebrate the digitization of the Parker Neotropical Collection, I encourage you to listen to one (or more) of Ted's recordings on the ML web site. This magical recording of Scaly-breasted Wren is one of my personal favorites, but there are countless gems to be discovered in the collection!





Matt Medler

Assistant Audio Curator

Macaulay Library

Cornell Lab of Ornithology

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