Bird Notes

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Bird Notes 
I have a web site for bird watchers. *****************.

I am building an iPhone app that will have information on 50 common backyard birds. I want the user to be able to play a short audio description of each of the birds.

There should be 50 different recordings, one for each of the 50 species, mp3 format.

Dry is OK, but I am open to some kind of background sounds or the song of the bird (I have recordings for each species). I do not have enough experience to know what will sound good or how much larger the sound files will be, slowing down the download time on the app.

Budget may be around $650 ?? Please quote. 
2010-08-04 07:25:05 GMT
2010-08-11 07:00:00 (GMT -05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada) 
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Project Parameters

The Voice Actor should be located in:
To be defined
Training, business presentations, sales, and web sites
10,000 words approx.
English - USA and Canada
Middle Age Male
• Audio files must be delivered via FTP/Dropbox/Google Drive/cloud
• Deliver edited and finished voice tracks AND
• Add special effects
Not defined
This is a non-union project

Script Details

Here are 3 descriptions as a reference. Only 47 more to do. IF the first app sells, I will eventually need recordings for 220 species.  
American Crow
Many people may not immediately think of a crow as a backyard bird. Crows will visit feeding stations and their natural curiosity often brings them into contact with man.

It has been aptly stated that if a person knows only three birds one of them will be the crow. The crow, if we include all sub-species, is widely distributed over the greater part of the North American Continent. Throughout this area this familiar bird is instantly recognized by anyone who sees it. Because of its striking coal-black plumage, its large size, its unusual adaptability, its extreme cunning and apparent intelligence, its harsh garrulous notes, and its habit of frequently appearing in the open, it has become one of the best known of our American birds.

Because of large scale forest clearing, crows are more abundant now than when North America was first settled by Europeans. Intelligent and resourceful, American Crows can occupy a variety of habitats and make a living from nearly any food source.
American Crows, especially when young, can be observed playing with a variety of objects such as sticks, and will even have a tug-of-war now and then. Crow behavior becomes more serious when a predator such as an owl is observed. Then, crows will begin calling loudly and dive-bombing the owl, sometimes chasing it a considerable distance.

American Crows are very social, and in winter can occur in roosts of tens of thousands of birds.

Some breeding American Crow pairs have helpers, young birds that assist with the raising of a brood.

Calls include a harsh "caaaw," but a number of other calls are also given.

American Goldfinch
The American Goldfinch belongs to a group of small, short tailed finches that includes the Lesser and Lawrence's Goldfinch and the Pine Siskin. These birds are also closely related to the redpolls.

Goldfinches collect in flocks during most of the year and constantly give their characteristic notes as they fly restlessly from place to place. They give the impression of being high-spirited birds, always happy and full of gaiety.

Males in breeding plumage are brilliant yellow and shiny black, with white wingbars. Females and winter males are much duller and lack the black cap.

American Goldfinches normally produce one or two broods per year. The female incubates the eggs and both sexes care for the young. Monogamous during the first nesting, females may switch mates after the first brood, leaving her original mate to take care of the fledglings. Unlike most song birds, which usually feed insects to their young, goldfinches feed a regurgitated seed porridge.

The common flight call is 'per-chik-or-ree', with emphasis on second syllable. Often described as sounding like po-ta-to-chip. They also have a high-pitched musical song.

The American Goldfinch is the state bird of New Jersey, Iowa, and Washington.

A backyard favorite, goldfinches grace parks and backyards throughout most of the United States and southern Canada. Attract goldfinches with sunflower seed and nyjer.

American Robin
Common and widespread, the American Robin is often used as a point of reference, whether as a sign of spring, a size comparison for another species seen by a birder, or as a color called “robin’s-egg blue”.

The largest North American thrush, the robin was probably given its name by early English settlers because it resembled in coloration the robin redbreast of England.

Territorial during the breeding season, American Robins sometimes gather in enormous flocks during the winter months.

During the 1800s, American Robins were considered delicious and were often sold in markets. Much later, mortality of robins was an early indicator of the dangers of the pesticide DDT. Other pesticides have since caused large-scale die-offs in robins.

Courtship behavior of the robin is varied. Bradford Torrey, in 1885, provides this description:

"How gently he approaches his beloved! How carefully he avoids ever coming disrespectfully near! No sparrow-like screaming, no dancing about, no melodramatic gesticulation. If she moves from one side of the tree to the other, or to the tree adjoining, he follows in silence. Yet every movement is a petition, an assurance that his heart is hers and ever must be.

On one occasion, at least, I saw him holding himself absolutely motionless, in a horizontal posture, staring at his sweetheart as if he would charm her with his gaze, and emitting all the while a subdued hissing sound. The significance of this conduct I do not profess to have understood; it ended with his suddenly darting at the female, who took wing and was pursued."

Robins sing a series of warbling, whistled phrases, as well as calls resembling short, sharp clucks. 
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