Little Pied Flycatcher’s call

on 25th February 2010

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS was at 1,600m ASL in Cameron Highlands, Malaysia on 27th January 2010 when he encountered a Little Pied Flycatcher (Ficedula westermanni westermanni).

“This male alerted me to his presence in dense primary jungle by a repetitive call. I was on a trail adjacent to a deep ravine and river, hence was at eye level with the mid level of the forest trees.

“It had a tiny prey in its beak, possibly for young in a nest. The call was constantly repeated with arching of the head intermittently. It appeared to be a warning call to the mate or young. I retreated to give it space, hoping to spot the nest but it did not budge and continued calling with the prey still in the beak. So after a few minutes I left so as not to cause any further anxiety.”

A small segment of the call can be heard HERE and HERE. It was taped with a Nikon D90 but the call is muffled by the strong rushing of the river. “I have used some software to clean … unfortunately some of the call has been diminished with the cleaning,” adds Amar.

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YC Wee

Dr Wee played a significant role as a green advocate in Singapore through his extensive involvement in various organizations and committees: as Secretary and Chairman for the Malayan Nature Society (Singapore Branch), and with the Nature Society (Singapore) as founding President (1978-1995). He has also served in the Nature Reserve Board (1987-1989), Nature Reserves Committee (1990-1996), National Council on the Environment/Singapore Environment Council (1992-1996), Work-Group on Nature Conservation (1992) and Inter-Varsity Council on the Environment (1995-1997). He is Patron of the Singapore Gardening Society and was appointed Honorary Museum Associate of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) in 2012. In 2005, Dr Wee started the Bird Ecology Study Group. With more than 6,000 entries, the website has become a valuable resource consulted by students, birdwatchers and researchers locally and internationally. The views and opinions expressed in this article are his own, and do not represent those of LKCNHM, the National University of Singapore or its affiliated institutions.

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