Miscellaneous Bird vocalisation 3

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This is the third of the series on Miscellaneous Bird Vocalisation, collated from past observations by Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS

1. Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus chloropus) – call
Chemor, Perak, Malaysia
Ex-mining Pools with vegetable & fish farming
7th November 2011

“Classical concern (warning) calls of the Common Moorhen attached in an audio file… 235_AmarSingh_071111_calls-1a_Chemor-Perak-Malaysia_ex-mining-pool-farming, also video clip of call.”

2. Arctic Warbler (Phylloscopus borealis) – call (left)
Kledang-Sayong Forest Reserve, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Trail through dense primary forest near a rushing stream
31th October 2011

“There were some Arctic Warblers at this site joining the Everett’s White-eyes and Plain Sunbirds in feeding. They are known to make a ‘tzchick’ call and I heard it frequently. My attempts to isolate the call admits the rushing river and other birds. Recording 1102_AmarSingh_311011_call-1b_KSFR-Ipoh-Perak-Malaysia_forest is much better than 1102_AmarSingh_311011_call-1a_KSFR-Ipoh-Perak-Malaysia_foresta. The softer noise in the background is the muted river (edited by noise reduction software).”

3. Arctic Warbler (Phylloscopus borealis) – group
500m ASL, Kledang-Sayong Forest Reserve, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Trail through dense primary forest
30th April 2012

“During the migration period to the peninsula, Arctic Warblers are usually solitary and silent. As the time for migration back to breeding sites approaches they collect in small groups and become vocal. Seen this twice before. Had an opportunity for extended observations of a group of at least 10 (counted when flew over the trail) foraging together with very frequent calls. Pictures poor as dark canopy (but no doubt to ID) and calls needed to be processed extensively due to proximity to a rushing stream.

“Attached calls, amplified and with some background distortion from noise reduction, but can still hear the calls clearly – a thin ‘zheee’. Many birds were vocal together…1102_AmarSingh_300412_group-call-1a_KSFR-Ipoh-Perak-Malaysia_forest.

4. White-rumped Munia (Lonchura striata subsquamicollis)
juveniles calling for food (left)
Fringe of Kledang-Sayong Forest Reserve, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Village with overgrown secondary growth at edge of primary forest
22nd October 2011.

“A small flock of 4 juvenile White-rumped Munias calling out for food. Have two different calls. The commoner one is a ‘pizz-it’ or ‘prizz-see’… 759_AmarSingh_juveniles-call-2a_KSFR-Ipoh-Perak-Malaysia_2nd-forest. A less common, more alarm like, call heard in video: ‘piss pisspt’.”

5. Golden-throated Barbet (Megalaima franklinii minor) – call
1,600m ASL, Cameron Highlands, Malaysia
A public road along primary montane forest
20th December 2011

“An audio recording of calls made (by the presumed male bird)…542_AmarSingh_calls-1a_CameronHighlands-Pahang-Malaysia_forest. Calls often made in thick foliage and are a series of repetitive calls.”

6. Dark-necked Tailorbird (Orthotomus atrogularis atrogularis) – immature (left)
Kledang-Sayong Forest Reserve, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Trail through primary forest
9th May 2012

“Attached a short audio clip of their verbal battle recorded at close range (as they ‘fought’ around me… 1318_AmarSingh_090512_adult-conflict-6a_KSFR-Ipoh-Perak-Malaysia_forest
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7. Bar-throated Minla (=Chestnut-Tailed) (Minla strigula malayana)
~1,800m ASL, Gunung Brinchang, Cameron Highlands, Malaysia
Road running through mixed secondary & primary montane forest
27th June 2012

“Another beauty from the reforestation site on this mountain. The throat, with the chequered appearance is very classical of the bird. The other name for the bird is Bar-throated Minla.

“Managed a small recording of calls…1278_AmarSingh_270612_calls-1a_G. Brinchang-Cameron Highlands_Pahang-Malaysia_forest

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8. Spectacled Bulbul (Pycnonotus erythropthalmos) – adult pair
Kledang-Sayong Forest Reserve, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Trail through dense primary forest near a stream
5th December 2011

“…The adult Spectacled Bulbul on the above-left is the male (I could be wrong) – it was singing its heart out (other bird was silent). An audio recording of calls …1025_AmarSingh_051211_adult-male-call-1_KSFR-Ipoh-Perak-Malaysia_forest. As usual cleaned up to remove river/other noises, amplified and truncated. The song is a rather loud, packed musical one but varied with each call – see the waveform below.

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Singapore
September 2012

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