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Dr Bob Planque

The story of Xeno-canto

Bob is co-founder and administrator of Xeno-canto, the worlds largest repository of openly shared recordings of birds – and soon also of other animal groups.

He started this platform in 2005 together with Willem-Pier Vellinga and built up a community of nature sound enthusiasts that share recordings, knowledge and experience through xeno-canto. At this moment it contains recordings of about 95% of all bird species on the planet.

Because of its open character some of these recordings have been used for science, radio shows, podcasts, etc.

Xeno-canto – the sound repository of bird sounds from around the world