Territorial song in the Oriental Magpie-Robin Copsychus saularis in suburban areas of Kota Samarahan, Sarawak

Zahran, Bin Mansor and Dency Flenny, Augustine Gawin (2021) Territorial song in the Oriental Magpie-Robin Copsychus saularis in suburban areas of Kota Samarahan, Sarawak. The Journal of Indonesian Ornithology, 23 (2021). pp. 1-11.

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Despite its reputation for unique and melodious vocalisations, the Oriental Magpie-Robin Copsychus saularis remains remarkably under-studied in Borneo. We undertook an examination of the territorial song of this species at the Universiti Malaysia Sarawak campus and Kota Samarahan, Sarawak, to learn more about its structure, repertoire size and physical characteristics. Throughout the breeding season, males started to sing intensely usually half an hour before sunrise until 09:00 or 10:00 hrs. Fifty minutes of song were collected from each of five colour-ringed breeding males. From the total of 2,198 phrases, 112 different phrase types were identified. Spectrograms revealed that most singing episodes consist of a repeated phrase, many of which vary by including dissimilar syllables. We confirmed that the purpose of males singing was to secure and maintain their territories, as males aggressively responded to playback near their nesting sites by increasing their singing rates. The female’s song seems to initiate male territorial singing during the entire breeding season.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: UNIMAS, University, Borneo, Malaysia, Sarawak, Kuching, Samarahan, IPTA, education, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
Subjects: S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
S Agriculture > SH Aquaculture. Fisheries. Angling
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Resource Science and Technology
Depositing User: Sanawi
Date Deposited: 30 Jun 2021 09:52
Last Modified: 30 Jun 2021 09:52
URI: http://ir.unimas.my/id/eprint/35534

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