Trilling song of the Yellow-bellied Prinia

on 14th February 2014

Perching on the stem of a tall grass, a Yellow-bellied Prinia (Prinia flaviventris) belts out its trilling song.

Ryan (2006) interprets the song as “a short, rapid burst of varied, somewhat descending musical trills, usually introduced by short “chirp”, e.g. “chirp, didli-idli-u didli-idli-u didli-idli-u” or “titreer, titreer, titireep, titireep, thirrlip, thirrlip…”

As in any calls and songs, do expect some regional differences.

Jeremiah Loei
February 2014

Ryan, P. G., 2006. Family Cisticolidae (Cisticolas and allies). In: del Hoyo, J., A. Elliott & D. A. Christie (eds.). Handbook of the birds of the world. Vol. 11. Old World Flycatchers to Old World Warblers. Lynx Editions, Barcelona. Pp. 378-490.

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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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