Greater Racket-tailed Drongo Vocalisation

on 17th September 2012

“Went to a quiet corner of a residential area outside my condo near the Lower Peirce Reservoir this morning to check on the crow situation. With the Government agencies being so efficient in their control of the crow population, nowadays one hardly see any crow around. For me, who have been observing crows for many years, I know where they hide in my area and can induce them to show up easily. (Recently I had a picture which counted 70 flying crows. I was a bit slow, otherwise there could be more than a hundred in the picture.)

“When I got down from my car, I was greeted by a number of raucous crows flying overhead. When I looked around, I saw this Drongo perching on a new frond of a Royal Palm bending under its weight (attached image). It probably was annoyed and protested at the noisy crows.

“I have uploaded an edited video showing the vocalisation of this drongo. It can be viewed here:

“It is evident from this video that the bird expends a lot of energy when it vocalise, as the whole body shakes.”

Sun Chong Hong
20th October 2010

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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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