Call of the male White-rumped Shama

on 25th February 2011

“This White-rumped Shama (Copsychus malabaricus mallopercnus) is constantly trapped locally to be caged as a song bird (despite legal restrictions). So I am delighted that it has been able to slowly multiply at this site. From one pair that I usually see at this site (2-3 km trail through primary jungle), in 3 years there are at least 3 adults, hopefully 3 pairs.

“Not easy to spot as they stay in the bamboo thickets and prefer the vicinity of small streams – possibly what is keeping it un-caged. There are concerns as nearby is a local village where quite a few persons keep caged birds.

“The song of the male is attached: HERE. Loves to respond if I mimic its call.”

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia, 6th April 2010

Image by Sun Chong Hong.

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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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