Singapore and Malaysia – 2

Here is an unidentified but interesting sounding bird, and passing above it is the monorail train that fuzzed it’s way throughout the whole park every 20 minutes.


The enclosure for the lories held over 1,000 lories. I bought a cup of nectar water and had several of the large, striking birds feeding and calling at around 100 decibels two feet from my ear.

Here is a rhinoceros hornbill honking.

Victoria Crowned Pigeons gave me one of my favorite sounds from Singapore. These are the largest pigeons in the world, and have an amazing display where they puff their chests up, make quick drooping bows to the ground and make low whoump-whoump calls. They also look like they taste good.

Another exhibition at the bird park, this one for parrots, displayed Quincy the yellow-headed Amazon parrot and his imitating prowess. The three tracks below have Quincy imitating a telephone, crying, laughing, and even singing.

Cicadas in Singapore sound different than anywhere I’ve been thus far. Instead of the constant shriek of the Thai cicadas, these had shifting pitches and their rhythms seem to rev up to a good speed before pittering out.

This is a frog somewhere in this clump of bushes, name unknown – sound very cool.

While facilities like the bird park provide educational experiences, entertainment and homes for species who may be endangered, it is also an unnatural setting of nature. The sonic experience is no exception. In the clip below, various species of parrots can be heard. However, in their natural habitats, most of them would never be heard at the same time. Heard in the clip below: the double yellow-headed amazon is found in central South America, the yellow-naped amazon is only on the west coast of Central America, the blue-crowned connieur is only in southern South America, the alexandrian parakeet is found in India and south-east Asia, the Indian Rose winged parakeet is in the middle part of Africa and parts of India, and the moustached parakeet is in south-east Asia and Indonesia. Of what value are recordings such as these? They capture the sounds of animals that may not exist in the future. However, their environment and all other sounds around them are completely removed from what they actually sounded like in their original habitat. (Photo is of a cage of Macaws, not parrots, just to confuse the matter more.)