Puff-throated Babbler – 1

on 16th February 2022

Post 1.

I heard a Puff-throated Babbler (Pellorneum ruficeps acrum) making its classical calls from the undergrowth and decided to try and watch. For the next 40 minutes I had glimpses of two birds that were together, obtained some images, heard multiple calls and songs and listened to vocal interactions between the pair.

Post 2.

Post 1 and 2 is of one bird and Post 3 and 4 of the partner (differentiated by black dot on beak and under-tail plumage). From behaviour, the first bird is possibly the male as it made most of the calls and songs. I am uncertain why the first bird has a two-tone appearance to the undersurface of the tail (see Post 2) but presume it is a moult or bright light reflection.

Post 3.

The cocked-up-tail posture (see especially Post 4) was a common posture that I observed.

Post 4.

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

Location: Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Habitat: City fringe with secondary growth

Date: 19th November 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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