Red-wattled Lapwing – calls

on 29th May 2018

“As I mentioned in an …earlier post, and as can be heard in the video posted, the calls made by the Red-wattled Lapwings (Vanellus indicus atronuchalis) parents was quite different to the usual ones were hear (intruder alert).

“There were 2 different calls I heard:

1. The first appears to be a parent distress call, not at an intruder alert but general distress. It is a single, sharp note that is repeated at fairly regular intervals (call above, sonogram below).

2. The second call is made up of two notes, the first being the same as the above but the second note is a drawn out ‘moan’. I think this is an encouragement call to the juvenile to follow or act on parental instructions (call above, sonogram below). The sonogram of this call is rather unusual in its structure.

“Both calls were recorded at some distance, edited and amplified (even video audio was extracted and amplified).”

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
29th April 2018

Location: Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Secondary on the fringe of the 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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