“I occasionally come across migratory minivets in the city; almost always in a flock. Today I saw a lone bird high up in a tree that was calling fairly continually. I suspect the calls were to locate the rest of the flock (or part of a dawn chorus) but there was no response.
“The bird was hard to see and my best image is as shown above. The calls of the Ashy Minivet (Pericrocotus divaricatus divaricatus) and the Swinhoe’s Minivet (Pericrocotus cantonensis) are not well differentiated. In some literature they are considered similar.
“Although Ashy Minivets are far more common migrants, I have kept an open mind here.
“A recording of the calls (longer recording on request) HERE: .
“The sonogram/waveform is given above. The recording is heavily edited to remove many other bird calls, as it was 7.50am and the dawn chorus was in full bloom. Value any opinions.”
Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
23rd December 2015
Location: Ipoh City, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Semi-urban environment in the city