Siberian Rubythroat – song and calls

on 18th September 2019

An earlier post on the Siberian Rubythroat (Calliope calliope) encountered in Hokkaido can be viewed HERE.

Siberian Rubythroat – male.

“The male Siberian Rubythroat was very vocal, possibly due to the breeding season. The song is rich, strong, complex and varied. In addition some mimicry is possible.

Above and below show the complexity of one entire song which can last 1.5-2 seconds or more.

“The bird can sing on a post and repeat a variety of songs 10-15 times a minute. A composite recording of songs can be heard HERE.

“We heard calls less often and the common one is illustrated above.

“A short recording of these calls can be heard HERE.

“A video of 2 different birds singing is shown below (both handheld, one better supported by a post).”

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
5th June 2019

Location: Nemuro Peninsula, East Hokkaidō, Japan

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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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