Yellow-bellied Prinia  – warning calls

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Apart from the delightful song that Yellow-bellied Prinias (Prinia flaviventris rafflesithese) make, they have a variety of calls which include a warning call that sounds like a cat mewing. Wells (2007) describes it as “cheeair”, Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (2019) as “pzeeeu” and Robson (2002) as “pzeeew”.

Sonogram and waveforms (above) show that the call is short at 0.5 seconds and recurring at 2-2.5 second intervals and repeated many times (noted up to 15 times).

A recording of the call is located here:

An image of the adult female making the call is shown above; they must be breeding.


Amar-Singh HSS (Dato’ Dr) – Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Location: Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Habitat: Secondary growth at fringe of city

Date: 30th October 2019

Equipment: Nikon D500 SLR with Nikon AF-S Nikkor 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR, handheld


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