“This Himalayan Bulbul (Pycnonotus leucogenys) is an elegant bulbul that we saw often at a variety of sites. The crest that faces forwards makes the identity easy and it has a large yellow vent (above, below).
“The bird makes a variety of calls and songs.
“The common call, given while perched on the top of a bush (above), is a short buzz call, almost reminiscent of a flowerpecker call. Fishpool & Tobias on the Himalayan Bulbul in Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive 2017 describe it as a ‘loud, short, buzzy, upslurred “bzzrrp”, often quickly repeated’.
“Above is an audited recording and the sonogram and waveform.
“The merged audio recordings, sonograms and waveforms of 2 of the songs made are shown above. They have been recorded by various authors in different ways. The closest rendering is by Kazmierczak 2000 – the first call rendered as ‘tea for two’ and the second ‘whichyou’”.
Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
11th November 2017
Location: Pokhara, Gandaki Zone, Western Region, Nepal at 900m ASL
Habitat: Secondary growth adjacent to primary forest