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Ashy or Swinhoe’s Minivet – calls

on 8th April 2016

“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.

Minivet call-Ashy or Swinhoe [AmarSingh]

“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: .

Minivet call-Ashy or Swinhoe sonogram  [AmarSingh]

“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

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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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