Rufous Piculet – female calls

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I managed to record some calls of this adult female Rufous Piculet (Sasia abnormis abnormis). There are three ‘types’ of calls or call structures I heard. They sound very much alike and look similar on the sonogram but some are two notes (the commonest), some three notes and occasional a single note. The notes are rendered ‘kip’ or ‘kep’ (see Wells 1999). They are uttered 3-7 seconds apart, usually 5 seconds apart. The sonogram show two records of each type.

A call recording is available here:


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

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

Habitat: Trail along primary jungle

Date: 6th March 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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