Singing birds generate complex acoustic communities in particular at dawn and dusk when they sing in chorus. As such birds represent an important facet of acoustic diversity of a landscape. Here, we developed and used new acoustic diversity indices to compare bird acoustic diversity along time and across sites. The results mainly show that indices are in agreement with data obtained through expert listening and that they might be used to assess the time and space dynamics of bird communities.

Participants and collaborations

Marion Depraetere, Sandrine Pavoine, Frédéric Jiguet


MNHN, Fondationpour la Recherche sur la Biodiversité


Sound sample

26 June 2010 @ 19:15



. Lellouch L, Pavoine S, Jiguet F, Glotin H, Sueur J (2014) – Monitoring temporal change of bird communities with dissimilarity acoustic indices. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 4: 495-505. link
. Depraetere M, Pavoine S, Jiguet F, Gasc A, Duvail S, Sueur J (2012) – Monitoring animal diversity using acoustic indices: implementation in a temperate woodland. Ecological Indicators, 13: 46-54. link