Less common call of the White-throated Kingfisher

posted in: Kingfishers, Vocalisation | 2

“Our resident kingfisher has modified its call this season.

“The White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis) has many different calls. An audio recording (only amplified) of one it uses when perched on an electrical pole or in a tree is attached HERE. A ‘visual’ digital record of the calls is shown below.

What is odd is the second part of the call. The first trilling call is conventional but the second follow on harsh call I have not heard often but very common in this particular a bird. I am not sure what it relates to in this adult.”

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Canning Garden Home, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
14th December 2011


2 Responses

  1. Sun Chong Hong

    My interpretation of the common first part of this call is that it is an alert call for the youngsters nearby. I have never heard WT Kingfisher vocalising the harsh call. But I think it is a raised status to warning for the youngsters, similar in purpose to the harsh call of the “Fearless” Oriental Magpie in the blog dated 14 Sep 2011.

  2. […] Lena Chow sent in the video above to add visuals to an earlier account of the less common call of the White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis) by Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS LINK. […]


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