“Narcissus Flycatchers (Ficedula narcissina narcissina) are very vocal in their breeding grounds and are noted to have a very varied song. They are also noted to practise mimicry. We heard a variety of songs, often repeated every 4-5 seconds. Some songs can last 6-7 seconds. The common song lasts 2-3 seconds.
“The above shows a sonogram and waveform of the commonest song. It can be rendered full or partial (compare first two images vs second two).
“A less common song/call that is repeated a variable number of times and is interspersed with the one above – the sonogram and waveform is shown above.
‘Recording of these first 2 songs is located HERE.
“The sonogram and waveform of the longest type of song, which gradually diminishes, is shown above. The bird sings this with great ‘enthusiasm’ and it is possibly a territorial song.
“Recording of this third song is located HERE.”
Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
5 & 8th June 2019
Location: Nemuro, East Hokkaidō, Japan
1. Mark Brazil. Birds of Japan. Helm Field Guides 2018.
2. Clement, P., Christie, D.A. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.