White-breasted Woodswallow – calls

on 2nd September 2016

WoodswallowWhBr [AmarSingh] 1

“White-breasted Woodswallow (Artamus leucoryn leucoryn) are common in Borneo but from many visits there and a 3 year stint of work, I get the impression that they are more common in Sarawak (south) than in Sabah (north).

WoodswallowWhBr [AmarSingh] 2

“This bird was one of a pair and I stopped to listen to the calls that I often have heard. Phillipps (2014) describes it best as a “wheezy chatter”. They are also noted to be able to mimic other birds but I have yet to experience this.

“An edited recording of the calls below:

“A sonogram and waveform is shown below.”

WoodswallowWhBr-sonogram [AmarSingh]

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
29th April 2016

Location: Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia
Habitat: Urban environment

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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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