Cicadas from Portugal: The sound of Summer.
(José Alberto Quartau)

  • Cicada barbara

    Surely most people have already heard cicadas in the hottest hours of summer, but perhaps few have ever seen them.

    They are essentially tropical insects (Hemiptera, Cicadoidea), being also frequent in the Mediterranean area. Thirteen distinct species are confirmed as occurring in Portugal, although there is still little information on some, namely on their distribution.

    (Text by J.A.Quartau/2019)

    In FonoZoo together with Dr. José Alberto Quartau we will make a tour through the different species and their curiosities, enjoying the sounds of these spectacular insects.

    To know the generalities about the Portuguese Cicadas and listen to their sounds, click here.
    We will add a one different species periodically.

New: sound environments of famous places.

  • Cigarral de Menores

    Cigarral de Menores


    In we begin the publication of ambience of famous places in Cigarral de Menores de Toledo occasion of the publication of the book “Memorias del Cigarral 1552-2015”, Editorial Taurus Gregorio Marañón and Bertran de Lis ( )

Highlighted Areas

  • Feature 1

    FCW Frog Calls of the World Sound List

    Search our catalogue of published recordings (CD, cassette, vinyl) at the Fonoteca Zoológica, by genus, specie or family.

  • Feature 2


    Some Sound Guides edited by the Fonoteca Zoológica and Alosa (Sounds of Nature).

  • Feature 3

    Search recordings

    use the search for sounds of animal species indexed in our music library

Sound Samples

Gephyromantis rivicola  
The calls of the frogs of Madagascar. CD 2
Eleutherodactylus nitidus  
FZ sound collection
Xavier Eekhout
Ptychadena guibei  
A complete guide to the frogs of Southern Africa
Cophyla berara  
The calls of the frogs of Madagascar. CD 3