Blue-winged Leafbird – adult male calls

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“There is very little information on the calls of the Blue-winged Leafbirds (Chloropsis cochinchinensis moluccensis) in my local context (left). I have previously posted calls but on this occasion had a very close encounter with a pair foraging with the adult male making extensive calls. They allowed me to watch and follow their foraging at 3-4 meters distance and the male was very vocal. The majority of calls here are from the male but I suspect a few a response from female.

call1 and call 2 are audio recording of the large variety of calls made. Very little editing apart from some amplification.

“Below is a graphic description of the range of calls…

“The primary call document locally is a two note “kwip kweep” (see Wells 2007).

“I am not great with transforming calls into a word descriptions but the calls made include (listen to two audio recordings):
1. the two note mentioned above (upper images in the graphic picture)
2. grouped notes of 4-8, that include a “c/seep” “wetwet” and “tchweet” used in a variety of combinations (lower images in the graphic picture)
3. also many single notes.”

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Kledang-Sayong Forest Reserve, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Trail through disturbed forest at the fringe of primary forest
13th May 2012

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