Red-billed Malkoha: Calls

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“Saw a number of Red-billed Malkohas (Phaenicophaeus javanicus pallidus) today and heard calls a number of times.

MalkohaRB [AmarSingh] 1

“Above is an image of the adult that was making the calls and below a poor image of the bird calling.

MalkohaRB [AmarSingh] 2

“I find that this malkoha is more common on the foothills, rather than the valleys of primary jungle. Often seen at ~ 400-500 m ASL as it was today.”

“While giving the single calls the adult often jerks up the entire tail. Occasionally there is a soft response from the partner. These could be contact calls given while foraging separately.

“Calls are usually a single note, rendered as ‘kuk’, given at 1.5 to 2 second intervals and occasionally ending in a rattle of 3 rough ‘turk-turk-turk’ calls (above). The sonogram-waveform is given below.

MalkohaRB [AmarSingh] 3

“Calls are hard to document in the primary forest as the bird is high in the canopy and ambient surrounding noise is high (especially insects and many other birds). I have attempted to clean up (remove background sounds) and amplify.

“Another call (above) and sonogram-waveform below.”

MalkohaRB [AmarSingh] 4

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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