Dark-necked Tailorbird – calls

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“I saw the Common Tailorbird (Orthotomus sutorius), the Dark-necked Tailorbird (Orthotomus atrogularis) (above and below: male in full breeding plumage) and the Ashy Tailorbird (Orthotomus ruficeps) in the same location today. Some conflict observations with both the Dark-necked and Ashy Tailorbirds chasing off the Common Tailorbirds, possibly territorial, due to breeding.

“I heard the common duet calls HERE made by the male and female Dark-necked Tailorbirds. The male makes a chee-urip which is a ‘u-shaped’ call on a sonogram (below). The female responds by making a series of trills ‘trrrrrir’.

“But I was surprised to hear a call made by the male that is new to me. It was made after the adult female was chasing off a Common Tailorbird. She was no longer visible and he made this single note ‘chiew’ repeatedly HERE with sonogram/waveform below.

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
24th May 2013

Location: Tambun Interior, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Fish farming, ex-mining pools, limestone hills nearby

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