Streaked Wren-babbler – calls

on 12th August 2018

“Streaked Wren-babblers (Napothera brevicaudata leucosticte) have a variety of calls (See Wells 2007 & HBW 2018). I saw pair foraging in the undergrowth, with one calling out loudly for a long period; possibly contact calls (above, below).

“The call used was the “glissading whistle pee-ou-ee” (Wells 2007). There appeared to be a response from the partner. The shrill whistle also found in the recording (not possible to edit out) is from a Pygmy Wren-babbler (Pnoepyga pusilla).

Calls above, Sonogram & Waveform below.”

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
18th October 2017

Location: 1,600-1,700m ASL, Cameron Highlands, Pahang, Malaysia
Habitat: Trail through primary jungle

Wells, D.R. (2007) The birds of the Thai-Malay Peninsula: Vol. 2 (Passarines). Christopher Helm, London.
2. Collar, N. & Robson, C. (2018). Streaked Wren-babbler (Turdinus brevicaudatus). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona 2018.

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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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