“A friend was kind enough to invite us to visit a reforestation site that the NGO she belongs to is working on. It is still a work in progress but a delight to see some small hope amidst the destruction of this hill station. The steep road up to the location offered many birds.
“We chanced upon a small party of Chestnut-crowned Laughingthrushes (Garrulax erythrocephalus peninsulae), possibly three to four. These are very shy birds that keep to the shadows and quickly disappear into the undergrowth. So my usual images, without flash, are a bit limited, see post 1 and 2.
“However they were kind enough to keep to the locality and I managed to make a number of call recording: HERE and HERE. Note that there is also a Niltava and White-Tailed Robin softer calls in the background inthe first audio. Chestnut-crowned Laughingthrush calls sound like ‘weuwit-wearr-wey’ in thr first audio. In the second audio, they were the same notes but ‘shorter’ calls i.e. broken up, with a response from another bird.”
Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
29th June 2012
Location: ~1,800m ASL, Gunung Brinchang, Cameron Highlands, Malaysia
Habitat: Road running through mixed secondary and primary montane forest.
I never heard the call of Chestnut-crowned Laughingthrushes until now. Great song. Thanks for posting this!