Male Little Bronze Cuckoo calling

on 15th May 2018

“I heard two types of ‘advertising calls’ from this male Little Bronze Cuckoo (Chalcites minutillus peninsularis) (above). The first is used very often, even while foraging and is the predominant call.

“Erritzøe, Mann, Brammer and Fuller. Cuckoos of the World, 2012 describes it as “chiw-chiw-chiw-chiw”. To my ear it is a weaker version of the Banded Bay Cuckoo (Cacomantis sonneratii) calls. Wells 1999 says, of males, that it is often uttered 3-5 times, usually 4 times and I can fully agree with this observation. I head this call numerous times in the 30 minute observation.

“An edited recording is in given above with a waveform and sonogram below. The call picks up between notes 1-3 and then seems to ‘falter’ on the 4th note.

“The second call is used very much less commonly and I only heard it 3 times. It is as Wells describes it ‘a thin, high-pitched, drawn-out trill’. To my ear it sounded like a weak or soft Storkbill Kingfisher call. I sadly have no recordings.

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
15th April 2018

Location: Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Secondary growth on fringe of city

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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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