Grey-headed Babbler – calls

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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.


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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