“I had 2 opportunities to record the calls the Rusty-cheeked Scimitar-babbler (Pomatorhinus erythrogenys ferrugilata) makes (above, below).
“These calls are the common ones and used extensively, often heard in the early morning at dawn for a long period.
“The edited audio recordings with a sonogram and waveform were made by different birds, are similar yet at a different tempo (above, below). Both are two syllable calls. They have been rendered in different forms by various guides, the best perhaps being “khuwiyiu” for the first recording.
Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
9th November 2017
1. Richard Grimmett, Carol Inskipp, Tim Inskipp, Hem Sagar Baral. Birds of Nepal (Revised Edition). Helm Field Guides 2016.
2. Krys Kazmierczak. A Field Guide to Birds of the Indian Subcontinent. Christopher Helm 2000
3. Collar & Robson on Rusty-cheeked Scimitar-babbler in Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona, 2017 (online edition).
Location: Thoolakharka (also known as Australian Base Camp), Gandaki Zone, Western Region,Nepal, at 2050m ASL
Habitat: Secondary growth surrounded by primary forest