Himalayan Bulbul – calls

on 4th January 2018

BulbulHima [AmarSingh]

“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).

BulbulHima [AmarSingh]

“The bird makes a variety of calls and songs.

BulbulHima [AmarSingh]

“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’.

Himalayan Bulbul-2-3a-Sarangkot, Gandaki Zone, Western Region, Nepal-11th November 2017

“Above is an audited recording and the sonogram and waveform.

Himalayan Bulbul-4-3-3a-Sarangkot, Gandaki Zone, Western Region, Nepal-11th November 2017 (1)

“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

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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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