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Grey-headed Babbler – calls

on 4th November 2021

I went back to spend time with these Grey-headed Babbler (Stachyris poliocephala) but they are really ‘undergrowth specialists’ and I had only glimpses. I heard many calls and recorded some. The song comes in a number of variations – comprising 3 or 4 notes, lasting 2.5-3 seconds, and is repeated 7-10 seconds apart.

Below is a sonogram and waveform showing two such variations.

There is also a ‘high-pitched rattle’ (Wells) call of varying lengths – one example is shown below with 27 notes in 2.1 seconds.

Two call recordings are available below. The first one has a wider variation in song and calls. Also some individual softer notes.

https://www.xeno-canto.org/589999

https://www.xeno-canto.org/590000

 

Amar-Singh HSS (Dato’ Dr)

Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

 

Location: Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Habitat: Mixed primary and secondary forest

Date: 17th & 21st September 2020

Equipment: Equipment: Nikon D500 SLR with Nikon AF-S Nikkor 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR, handheld with Rode VideoMic Pro Plus Shotgun Microphone

 

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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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