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Pin-striped Tit Babbler -calls

on 18th April 2022

The commonest babbler to encounter locally is the Pin-striped Tit Babbler (Macronus gularis gularis). And I watched a pair for some time as they foraged in the morning at the fringe of this forest reserve (above).

I personally enjoy listening to the contact calls they make. When making these calls most of the time the throat is puffed up (above) and the beak open. About 10-15% of the time the bird arches the back and points the beak skyward when calling out.

The calls are described as a harsh “chrrrt-chrr” or “chrrrt-chrr-chrri” (Robson 2002), but are very variable. A sonogram and wave of a short segment in shown above. A call recording here of this pair: https://www.xeno-canto.org/488919

An adult with a large flying insect is added as an addendum (above).

 

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

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

Habitat: Fringe of forest reserve

Date: 25th July 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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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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