Crimson-winged Woodpecker – calls

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“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.

Wd'pkerYWgd [AmarSingh]

“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.

Wd'pkerYWgd [AmarSingh]

“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

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