Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher  – song and calls

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I spent part of the morning listening to Tickell’s Blue Flycatchers (Cyornis tickelliae sumatrensis, now known as Cyornis sumatrensis,) sing and call out. There were at least 3 birds (perhaps 3) with 2 separate adult males and one female. I made a number of recordings.

Post 1.

The classical song comprises a “sweet song of 4-7 tinkling, metallic notes” (Wells 2007). It is highly variable and I think used as territorial marker. Post 1 shows the sonogram and waveform of such calls. The call recording can be found here: https://www.xeno-canto.org/512701Note that there are 2 birds calling (2 sets of calls). The lower volumes ones were of a bird further away and the higher volume were the answering calls of the bird nearer to me. Here the notes appeared fixed (there were 8 calls and 8 responses in 50 seconds) but I have recorded other sonograms with varying song structure.

Post 2.

The other types of call are a churring ‘trrt-trrt’ and an individual ‘tak’ (Wells 2007). These can be seen in the sonogram and waveform in Post 2. The call recording can be found here (interspersed with other call types): https://www.xeno-canto.org/512702

Post 3.

A fourth type of call, made infrequently, is a sharp whistle like call. The sonogram and waveform of such calls is in Post 3. The call recording can be found here (interspersed with other call types): https://www.xeno-canto.org/512702

Post 4.

Post 4 shows one of the males.

 

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

Location: Kledang-Sayong Forest Reserve, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Habitat: Broken trail in primary jungle

Date: 20th December 2019

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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