Narcissus Flycatcher – songs

on 12th July 2019

“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

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.

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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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