Banded Kingfisher – male, calls

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Saw a single male Banded Kingfisher (Lacedo pulchella pulchella) at this location in dense primary forest and heard the advertising calls a number of times. The call is described as “chi-wiu” in a variety of literature. I may have missed recording the start of the calls which is said to be a whistle.

The call comprises two distinct notes (see sonogram and waveform above). The call duration is 0.6-0.7 seconds and is repeated every 0.4-0.5 seconds. It starts loud and gradually fads away. In this recording the male made 12 calls (said to be usually 15; Wells 1999, HBW 2019). An edited recording, with some noise reduction to lessen loud insect hum of the jungle, is here:


Amar-Singh HSS (Dato’ Dr)

Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia


Location: Taiping, Perak, Malaysia

Habitat: Primary jungle at foothills

Date: 14th February 2019

Equipment: Nikon D500 SLR with Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD, handheld with Rode VideoMic Pro Plus Shotgun Microphone


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