Golden Bush-robin – calls

on 25th December 2017

“I saw the very beautiful male Golden Bush-robin (Tarsiger chrysaeus chrysaeus) at very close range but could not get sharp images as it was in a thicket.

“It was making calls frequently as it foraged.

Golden Bush Robin-calls

“Above and below are edited audio recordings with sonograms and waveforms of the male calls, with possible female responses below. The calls are soft and you need to be close to hear them. The primary call I heard was a sharp call, used as a contact call.

Golden Bush Robin-calls-2 sonogram

“Clement & Rose (Robin and Chats, Helm Identification Guides, 2015) describe this as a ‘seet’. While Collar (Golden Bush-robin in Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive 2017) describes them as ‘chit-t-it’. The second call I heard was, what I think, a female response to the male and can be heard in Post 2. Clement & Rose (2015) describe it as some sounding like the winding up of a clockwork toy while Collar (2017) says is a “soft rattling ‘trrr’rr’”.

“Longer recordings possible on request.”

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
9th November 2017

Location: Thoolakharka (also known as Australian Base Camp), Gandaki Zone, Western Region, Nepal, at 2050m ASL
Habitat: Secondary growth surrounded by primary forest

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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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