Pied Triller – male, juvenile and call

on 14th December 2010

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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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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