Pied Triller – male, juvenile and call

1. 29th May 2010
“Pied Triller (Lalage nigra striga) is a common bird but under observed and [under] appreciated as it tends to quietly go through the garden, foraging without making a fuss. They come to our home twice daily to forage, usually mid morning and late evening. Usually come in a pair, making soft calls to each other to keep in touch. The calls are not made very frequently but are the best way to know that they are in the garden/neighbourhood.”

“Happen to chance on this adult male foraging alone while I was in the car and so followed slowly and took pictures from the vehicle (above: left shows open mouth view as it was a very hot day). A view with a praying mantis that was swiped on these railing to kill it before eating (below left). A series of calls: HERE.

“Please note that for purposes of sharing (smaller files) I have shortened the duration between calls considerably and amplified them a little. These were captured in my garden while a pair (male and female) were foraging.

2. 4th October 2010
“…This juvenile accompanying a parent has been present in the garden these past few days (above right). It can frequently be heard requesting for food. The parent here is a male. There are usually two juveniles but parents usually split up to feed the juveniles (each taking one), foraging in different areas. I have more often seen a male feeding a juvenile than a female in the garden and elsewhere. Only once seen a female with two immature birds.

“Also a recording of the ‘food requests’ (what my wife and I call the ‘feed me’ calls) of the juveniles (amplified): HERE.

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Canning Garden Home, Ipoh City, Perak, Malaysia


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