Raffles’s Malkoha – calls

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MalkohaR-m forage [AmarSingh]

“Came across another nesting pair of Raffles’s Malkoha (Phaenicophaeus chlorophaeus) and documented their ‘mournful’ calls. Above shows a male foraging.

“Wells (1999) & Robson (2002) describes them as ‘kiaow’ and ‘kiau’ respectively. Payne & Kirwan in HBW (2017) states ‘a soft mournful, cat-like ‘miaow’, ‘mew’ or ‘kiau’, 3–6 notes on descending scale’.

“The number of notes can be longer and I have recorded 8 notes in single episode of call.

“Above is a brief audio recording of calls (had to edit out all the insect sounds as they were louder than the bird calls). Below a waveform and sonogram of calls.”

MalkohaR-sonogram [AmarSingh]

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
19th August 2017

Location: Ulu Kinta Forest Reserve, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Ex-logging trail through mixed secondary and primary forest

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