Black-naped Oriole’s 50 Different Calls

on 3rd August 2012

“This is a video showcasing a collection of 50 different Black-naped Oriole (Oriolus chinensis) calls/songs. It is compiled from my video clips and audio recordings collected since 2009.

“I had sometime ago documented a collection of 16 differents calls LINK. The latest compilation includes these calls, most of which with improved samples.

“The video proper begins with 2 different hissing alert/warning calls. From my observations, these are meant for the fledglings or juvneiles rather than intruders. During the period when I was obseving their nesting activities just below the nest, not once did they vocalise these calls. It was only one or two weeks after the chicks fledged, when I began to hear them LINK 1 and LINK 2.

“The next call is that of the fledglings. They chirp practically non-stop from morning till evening. They are still dependent on the parents to feed them. This enable the parents to locate them quickly.

“The rest are territorial/courtship calls. I have sorted them, in a non-scientific way, by the number of ‘syllables’ in ascending order. They range from 1 to a maximum of 5. Some of the calls begin with a common syllable that sound like gig (as in giggle). Sometimes the gig is hardly audible – drowned in environmental noises.

“All the recordings were done in my condo. I hear the birds vocalising very frequently. However, I have only managed to sight the orioles vocalising 6 of these calls in video. The rest are audio clips dubbed on video clips of mostly other bird behaviours.”

Sun Chong Hong
30th July 2012

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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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