Listen to the wonderful sounds from these native songbirds as it hum sweet sound to bring life back to the world. Listen the tweets from 15 common birds that you may encounter in your birdwatching walk.
Songs from 15 Common Native Songbirds
- GREAT TIT
- HOUSE SPARROW (mistake sorry must be Eurasian tree sparrow (Passer montanus)
- BLUE TIT
- SONG THRUSH
In the rest of this article, I listed down the list of common native songbirds that you should listen out to as the the urban soundscape returns to its usual pitch.
These feathered native songbirds with their attractive plumage have long attracted birdwatchers and photographers. Many of these species also have unique, even melodious calls. Catch them out as the city slowly return back to life.
GREATER RACKET-TAILED DRONGO – ELEGANT NATIVE SONGBIRDS
This bird is an elegant-looking forest denizen, with an iridescent sheen to its feathers and two prominent tail streamers. But it can be mischievous – and loud. It is known for mimicking the calls of other birds and even mammals, such as the long-tailed macaque.
Scientists are still not sure why the birds do this, but one possibility is that doing so allows them to get more food when they forage in large flocks comprising other species.
This bird looks like a flamenco dancer with its feathers of black and red. It prefers areas with thicker vegetation, and is more often sighted in places such as the central nature reserves, offshore island, as well as gardens.
This bird has a call that sounds like a car’s horn. A nocturnal species, it frequents cemeteries at night, and is known in Malaysia as burung tukang kubur, which means the graveyard nightjar.
CHANGEABLE HAWK EAGLE
This bird is regarded as a rare resident breeder. But anecdotal evidence suggests that the eagles are adapting well and can be increasingly heard in urban areas.
This species has a loud screech. As the birds travel in large flocks in the evening, they are often heard more than seen. This bird is considered globally threatened, but seems to be doing well in some countries like Singapore.
One of the more common birds in tropical countries, the black-naped oriole was featured on the $500 bill of the Bird Series currency notes issued by the Monetary Authority of Singapore between 1976 and 1984. The birds are often seen in housing estates, as well as in parks and gardens.
BLUE-CROWNED HANGING PARROT
This small parrot has bright green feathers and a dark blue crown on its head. Originally a forest species, it has become increasingly common over the past decade, and can be seen in urban greenery.
This bird has feathers that are duller in colour compared with other flamboyant birds, but what it lacks in appearance, it makes up for with its workmanship. The tailorbird earned its name from the way it builds its nest by stitching leaves together. This can be found in most housing estates and parks, keeping to overgrown areas and parkland.
WHITE-BELLIED SEA EAGLE
One of the most common raptors, the white-bellied sea eagle builds its nest on tall structures, such as trees peeking through the forest canopy. The eagles feed on seafood such as fish and crabs, and have been seen dropping crabs from a height to break their shells before eating them.
They are often spotted near water bodies in nature areas.
This bird has a cloak of turquoise feathers that makes it easy to spot. The species is not particularly dependent on water sources, and is often found in parkland and well-wooded areas inland. The bird feeds on insects and small vertebrates, such as cockroaches and lizards.