The Yellow-bellied Bulbul and its call

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Yellow-bellied Bulbul-1aa-Kubah National Park, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia-12th September 2017

“A deeper forest bulbul, the Yellow-bellied Bulbul (Alophoixus phaeocephalus diardi), often alone; here seen feeding and singing. The subspecies A. p. diardi has a clear/noticeable yellow tip to the tail (below). Although described as having no crest, Davison (1999) describes is as ‘absence of a crest is diagnostic‘, this is not that precise. They have the ability to raise crest feathers, and often do so.

Yellow-bellied Bulbul-2aa-Kubah National Park, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia-12th September 2017

“There is limited information or documentation of the song, although known to bird watchers.

“An edited and amplified audio recording of the song (above) and the sonogram-waveform (below) are given. It is a brief burst of an uplifting musical stream of 10-12 notes; sharper and less bubbly than the common Yellow-vented Bulbuls.

Yellow-bellied Bulbul-calls-4aa-Kubah National Park, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia-12th September 2017

“Frank Lambert has a similar recording of the song, from the same forest reserve. See: HERE.”

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
12th September 2017

Location: Kubah National Park, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia
Habitat: Trail through primary forest

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