“I heard this adult male Crimson-winged Woodpecker (Picus puniceus observandus) long before I saw him (below). He was busy working on a tree trunk (presumably for insects), very high in the canopy and would intermittently call out.
“Calls were 25-30 seconds apart and there was no response. They went on for more than 10 minutes while I watched and continued after I left.“An edited recording of 3 calls is given above with sonogram and waveform of calls below.
“The calls have been rendered by various authors in different forms. My opinion is that the best is from Wells, D.R. (1999) The birds of the Thai-Malay Peninsula: Vol. 1 (Non-Passarines). Christopher Helm, London. He describes them as “a 3-5 note kwee-ler-lu or kwee-ler-ler-lu”.
“The first 2 calls in the recording have 3 notes, the third 4 notes. You may have to step up the volume to appreciate the “ler-lu” part of the call as it is much softer than the sharp upswing of the “kwee” note.”
Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
28th April 2017
Location: Kledang-Sayong Forest Reserve, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Trail in dense primary jungle