‪Common Iora’s mating calls and dance?‬‬

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On 5th March 2016, Jeremiah Loei chanced upon a male Common Iora (Aegithina tiphia) behaving in a rather strange and unusual manner. He documented the phenomenon, posted the video clip below on Birds, Insects N Creatures of Asia Facebook and appealed for anyone who can explain the behavior.

BESG sent the clip to veteran Malaysian birdwatcher Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS and this is his reply:

“This is an adult male Common Iora in breeding plumage. The behaviour shown is clearly a form of ‘display’. The meaning of it would depend on the context.

“Was there a female nearby? In which case I am sure it was a breeding courtship display. Although the calls used are usually more melodious.

“If there was another male then it could be a display to ward off a ‘rival’.

“A final possibility is to defend a nesting site against a parasitic bird.

“I suspect it was courtship display to win a female.”

Credit: Jeremiah Loei (video) & Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS (interpretation).

This post is a cooperative effort between Birds, Insects N Creatures Of Asia and BESG to bring the study of birds and their behavior through photography and videography to a wider audience.

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