Greater Coucal calling

on 5th November 2011

“Was alerted to this adult Greater Coucal (Centropus sinensisby) with its usual deep booming calls (above left). Spotted the bird 2.5-3 meters up in a star fruit tree (Averrhoa carambola) in deep shade. These birds are usually very shy but this adult allowed me to approach almost to the base of the tree (hampered by a fenced off orchard).

“These are the shorter “bup, bup…” calls (see Wells 1999). Often 3 notes of similar intensity (see audio track above right). It would lower the head to make the calls. No corresponding mate calls were heard (as is usual). Watched for 15 minutes before leaving, it was still calling.

“Although the calls are deep, capturing them on the D7000 audio track is not easy. May need to up the volume to hear them well in this handheld video… calls

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Tambun Interior, Perak, Malaysia
16th July 2011

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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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