Songs of the Greater Racket-tailed Drongo

on 11th August 2010

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS recorded the songs of the Greater Racket-tailed Drongo (Dicrurus paradiseus platurus) (left top) at the Keledang Sayong Forest Reserve, Perak, Malaysia on 24th April 2010… HERE and HERE.

“Drongos are great mimics and I have spent many pleasant hours trying to find a bird with a melodious call only to discover it was a Drongo,” wrote Amar. “…Note that there was a rushing river nearby adding to the background noise. Part of this call has a metallic component that was made by the bird.”

Earlier, on10th January 2010, he heard a loud commotions of squeaks and melodious songs at the same forest. Suddenly two adult Greater Racket-tailed Drongos came rushing past, one chasing the other. “It was a mad chase through thick jungle and dense bamboo. They went round and round for 3-4 minutes, twisting and turning here and there,” recounted Amar (left bottom). “I considered a mating ritual but it is unlikely. The Greater Racket-tailed Drongo, when breeding, are known to be highly aggressive (Wells 2007). This was possibly a breeding male chasing off a competitor. When it was over one of them, out of my view, continued to mimic various calls for some time.”

Wells, D.R., 2007. The birds of the Thai-Malay Peninsular. Vol. II, Passerines. Christopher Helm, London. 800 pp.

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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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