Golden Babbler – song and call

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Golden Babbler

The song of the Golden Babbler (Stachyridopsis chrysaea chrysops) is a delightful, haunting pipping run of notes. The song starts with an introductory note followed by a run of similar notes. Sources vary on the number of notes made: Wells 2007 says 4-8 (more usually 8), Craig Robson 2002 says 5-10 notes (also quoted in Handbook of the Birds of the World 2019 by same source).

Sonogram and waveform of the Golden Babbler

I had only a short recording and there were 7-8 notes (including the introductory note). The duration of the song in 1.2-1.4 seconds but I am sure this depends on the number of notes made. The spacing between notes is 4-5 seconds. Occasionally the introductory note is made singly as in the start on my recording. In my recording the song is interspersed with calls by the Golden Babbler, occasionally overlapping with the song, suggesting two birds present. The call is a softer chittering series of 6-8 notes made rapidly in a crescendo-decrescendo mode. Robson (in HBW 2019) says “when alarmed, utters scolding “chrrrrr-rr-rr”, “chrirrrrr” or “chrrrrrr””. I suspect these are the same calls but not sure they are used as alarm calls.

Songs and calls both heard in this edited recording (some noise reduction and amplification). I suspect there are some Flowerpecker calls in the recording:


Amar-Singh HSS (Dato’ Dr)

Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia


Location: Cameron Highlands, Pahang, Malaysia

Habitat: Primary montane forest

Date: 4th March 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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