Fluffy-backed Babbler – calls

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“I spent part of my morning with a pair of Fluffy-backed Babblers (Macronus ptilosus ptilosus). Hard to get good images in the undergrowth but very vocal.

“The common call is either: a “puh” followed by 4 ‘wuh-wuh’ notes or the same call intermingled with an answering call by the partner that is rather harsh.

“One good description of the response call is by Robson (2002) who pronounces it as ‘iwit-cherrhh-iwit-cherrhh’. This call is usually given as soon as the first call is uttered but may occasionally precede it (above, edited call and amplified segment of the calls.

BabblerFB-sonogram [AmarSingh]

“Above is the sonogram and waveform of the calls.”

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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