Calls of Malaysian Birds

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Wandering in the forest, it is not easy to spot all birds that are in the area. One of the best method to spot well camouflaged birds is to be alerted of their presence in the area. By co-incidence, most birds has the habit of signaling their availability through their calls.

Birders take on the role of the bird by recognizing such calls and focusing their attention in the direction where the calls are coming from. It is the chicken and egg situation now that birders have to familiarize themselves with these large variety of different calls. The only way would be to record the calls themselves and spend time in differentiating and remembering all of them. That's what I am doing, going into the fields and accumulating my collection.

There are calls representing the different moods of the birds and there are calls from tiny birds hidden in the bushes. This exercise is a far cry from seeking out calls of the much sort after colorful birds for archives. I find the task very enjoyable as I keep getting new calls from the birds with calls that I have already archived

 

The down side of this exercise is that the list is getting longer by the day and I have problem presenting them is a easy to retrieve manner. Another draw back would be the background noises which so often are louder than the faint recordings of calls from much further spots. Filtering out the unwanted interferences would compromise and most times distort the quality of the original calls.

Last but not least, most calls are heard in the early morning when all the birds are performing their morning ritual. Though some calls obtained cold be fairly clear but unfortunately interjected with many calls from several other types of birds.

These are my concerns but does not deter me from continuing. Here is a list that I constantly update.

 

Babblers

Babbler, Abbott's

 

 

Babbler, Horsfield's

 

 

Babbler, Striped Tit

 

 

Babbler, Rufous-crowned

   

Babbler, Sooty-capped

   

Babbler, Rufous-crowned

   
 

Barbet

Barbet,  Black-browed

1.

2.

Barbet, Coppersmith

    

 

Barbet, Fire-tufted

      
Barbet, Gold-whiskered

1.

2.

Barbet, Red-throated      
     
Bee-eater
Bee-eater, Blue-tailed

   1.

2.

Bee-eater, Chestnut-headed

        

 
     
 
Broadbill
Broadbill, Banded 1.

2.

Broadbill, Black & Red    
Broadbill, Black & Yellow 1.       2.
Broadbill, Green       
Broadbill, Long-tailed 1.

2.

Broadbill, Dusky 1. 2. 3 4
 
 
Bulbul
Bulbul, Black-crested        
Bulbul, Black-headed        
Bulbul, Mountain        
Bulbul, Ochraceous         
Bulbul, Olive-winged  1.

2.

Bulbul, Red-eyed         
Bulbul, Stripe-throated         
Bulbul, Yellow-vented  1.

2.

  3. 

4.

  5         
 
Cuckoo
Cuckoo, Indian       
Cuckoo, Little-bronze       
Cuckoo, Plaintive  1.

2.

Cuckoo, Drongo        
Cuckoo-Hawk, Large        
     
Cuckooshrike
Cuckooshrike, Javan

 
Cuckooshrike, Large [Malayan]

      

 
 
Dove
Dove, Spotted   
Dove, Zebra   
 
Drongo
Drongo, Bronze               
Drongo, lesser Racquet-tailed 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.  
Drongo,

Greater racquet-Tailed 

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12.
           
     
Eagle
Eagle, Crested Serpent  
Goshawk, Crested  
   
Egret
Egret, Great    
   
Flowerpecker
Flowerpecker, Yellow-vented    
Flowerpecker, Orange-bellied    
Flowerpecker, Yellow-vented      
     
Flycatcher
Flycatcher, Blue-throated    
Flycatcher, Hill-blue    
Flycatcher, Rufous-chested  
Flycatcher, Canary-Yellow  
   
Heron
Heron, Grey    
   
Hornbill
Hornbill, Rhinoceros  1. 2.
   
 
Iora
Iora, Common 1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

 
       
Junglefowl
Junglefowl, Red  
   
Kingfisher
Kingfisher, White-throated 1.

 

Kingfisher, Collared     
Kingfisher, Rufous-collared     
     
Koel
Koel, Asian 1.

2.

 
 
Laughingthrush
Laughingthrush, Black

    

         
Laughingthrush, Chestnut-capped 1. 2.

3.

4.

5.

6.
             
       
Leafbird
Leafbird, Orange-bellied 1.

2.

Leafbird, Lesser-green    
Leafbird, Blue-winged    
     
Magpie
Magpie, Black 1. 2. 3. 4.

Magpie, Green

1. 2. 3. 4.
   
Malkoha
Malkoha, Raffles  
   
Mesia
Mesia, Silver-eared  
   
Minivet
Minivet-Grey-chinned  
   
Munia
Munia, Black-headed  
Munia, Scaly-breasted    
Munia, White-hooded  
   
Myna
Myna, Common 1. 2.
Myna, White-vented 1. 2.
   
Nightjar
Nightjar, Large-tailed  
Nightjar, Savanah    
     
Oriole
Oriole, Black-naped 1.

2.

3.  
Oriole, Dark-throated        
Oriole, Black & Crimson        
     
Prinia
Prinia, Plain       
Prinia, Yellow-bellied 1. 2.
     
Robin
Robin, -Oriental Magpie 1.   2.  3.  4.  
5.  6.  7.    8.  
9.  10. 11. 12.
       
       
Shama
Shama, White-rumped   1.  2.   3. 4.   
 5.   6.   7.  8.
 9. 10. 11. 12.
       
       
Shrike
Shrike, Brown  
Shrike, Long-tailed    
Shrike, Tiger    
   
Sibia
Sibia, Long-tailed  
   

Spiderhunter

Spiderhunter, Little  
Spiderhunter, Streaked  
   
Sunbird
Sunbird, Olive-backed 1.

2.

Sunbird, Purple-naped       
Sunbird, Red-throated       
Sunbird, Ruby-cheeked 1.    

2.

     
Tailorbird
Tailorbird, Common 1.

2.

Tailorbird, Dark-necked 1. 2.
  3. 4.
  5.  
Tailorbird, Rufous-tailed 1. 2.
     
Tit
Tit, Sultan 1.

2.

     
Trogon
Trogon, Scarlet-rumped  
Trogon, Red-naped  
Trogon, Diard's  
   
Woodpecker
Woodpecker, Banded  
Woodpecker, Laced 1.

2.

     
Woodshrike
Woodshrike, Large

 

[Started in 2004 and I recovered much of the neglected data and have built here my 6th revision, dated 4th May 2006, of birds call. Can't say I have done well, I will make greater effort to increase that number]

I have used these sounds to coach myself into being familiar with the birds making these calls. Frustrating were the many calls of the small birds in the bushes. I have to have them included as they are within the family of birds but not much chances of using these sounds.

I know that there are many calls from desired birds like the Trogon and Pittas not properly updated. Firstly my recording were not that good and secondly, I have reserved them for my personal use. All in all, this is a never ending collection as I am still getting new calls from birds that I already have on the list. I can compare moments like this to a  situation like getting a new sub-species.

Keep logging in, who knows one day you may find some calls that are useful to you.

Index to the icons for the calls

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A series of notes - continuously

Single note - continuously

A tune - continuously

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A series of note - intermittent

Single note - intermittent

 A tune - intermittent