Call of the Dollarbird

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“Was out cycling 30 km north of the city in villages surrounding a small township. A number of adult Dollarbirds (Eurystomus orientalis) present, all solitary.

“Stopped to watch this chap who was busy making these harsh short calls. It was situated high on a dead coconut trunk, no other bird nearby, but some other coconuts with nesting holes present.

“Hard to describe calls in words; has been described as “krech” (Robson 2002). A recording of the calls which has been edited to remove background noises and amplified can be heard HERE.

“Calls were made 2-5 times per minute and became more intense as we approached. The image shows the adult who was making the calls.:

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
17th November 2012

Location: Chemor, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Rural environment, village with cultivation and secondary growth

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