Xeno Canto top 30 European birds

My current hobby is creation of Shazam like service for bird songs. I started with looking for a birds songs dataset. Fortunately there is a Xeno Canto site which is crowd-sourcing platform for building up bird songs and calls database.

I decided to start with classification of 30 most commonly recorded European birds.

The Xeno Canto data

Through Xeno Canto API I downloaded all available top quality recording for these 30 birds (9875 separate mp3 files 20Gb in total).

Some peculiarities

Great Tit

The most common species among top quality recording is Great Tit. It has 903 files with total duration of more than 13 hours.

Common Blackbird by David Friel




The longest total duration of the recordings holds Common Blackbird with more than 27 hours of recordings.


Marsh Warbler

The longest single recording (1 hour 18 minutes) is Marsh Warbler recorded by Volker Arnold in Heide, Germany.




The shortest single recording is of 0.764 seconds (Red Crossbill).
The average duration of the recording is 1 min 35 seconds.
95% of the files are shorter then 4:10.
And 1% of the files are longer then 9:45.

Some technical details

All of the files are mp3.

They vary in sampling rate. The most abundant is 44.1 kHz.

xeno canto sampling rate

Most of the files are stereo while some are not.

The findings

The API does not provide an ability to extract other species that may present within each recording, however site itself give that ability. It’s a pity because it could bring serious impediments to the machine learning process. Hope, I’ll find the way to cope with it.

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