Birds Voice Amazing Technology

Birds Amazing voice 
Everyone likes the sound of a bird playing in the lap of nature must admit to feeling a little jealous whenever my buddy Dr. Samuel (Sam) Ong, a cardiologist, avid birder, and photographer, sent me beautiful pictures of birds that he had taken in the wild both in Malaysia and overseas. I was in awe of his breadth of knowledge and his photography skills.
I am an ignoramus when it comes to our feathered friends, except for the common sparrow, crow, pigeon, and myna. I am unsophisticated when it comes to identifying birds. I do not have Sam’s enthusiasm, energy, and patience when it comes to pursuing these winged creatures.
With Sam’s guidance, however, my ignorance has reduced a tiny bit over the last few months. I have discovered that I did not have to travel far and that, by keeping my eyes open, I would see a variety of unusual birds visit my home garden.
We live in an old part of Petaling Jaya – at the foot of Gasing Hills – and the sounds of various types of birds permeate the morning air every day. I took many photographs and Sam helped me identify the birds. For experts like Sam, these “common garden birds” were not a challenge, but showing the pictures to many “non-experts” I realize that many non-birders like me had not seen birds like these before – thus this article is for the amateurs.
The first time I saw an unusual bird in my garden was about 15 years ago; it had beautiful blue plumage and a long orange beak – I discovered later that it was a Kingfisher. A few months ago, a similar bird came and sat on the heliconia bushes near the small pond in our garden. My wife captured a picture with her phone – we identified this as the common White Throated Kingfisher. Subsequently, I have managed to take better pictures of this bird perched on the tree behind our house and on the old TV aerial on our roof. My reading tells me that there are about 120 species of Kingfishers worldwide.

 I have not seen the male bird subsequently but the female comes often, especially after the rain, to drink from the Costus speciosus flowers. I have learned to recognize her arrival by her high-pitched “chip chip” sound.
Late last year, my wife and I witnessed an Olive-backed Sunbird, flapping its wings wildly as it hovered mid-air, sipping honey from the Combretum Constrictum flowers behind our kitchen.
Some months back, one evening I saw the usual pigeons sitting in a row on the power lines in front of my house – two of them appeared unusual. Using my camera I noted that one of them had a pink and the other a dull green neck and breast – not the usual pigeons I see. We identified them as Pink-necked Green Pigeons – the male is pink necked. They are members of the Columbidae family, of which there are 300 worldwide and that 26 of these are found in gardens and forests in Malaysia. Interestingly, unlike other birds, their babies are fed pigeon milk – a fluid that is produced in glands of both parents.
Late last year, a bird flew and sat on the mango tree at the end of my garden. I first thought it was a large crow but then it emitted an unusual “tuk tuk tuk” sound. My camera picked out a bird with a stout beak, redhead, greenback, and white underparts with green streaks – we identified this as a Coppersmith Barbet.
I noted a mobile bulge in its throat as it made its “tuk-tuk” sound. I learned that this bird got its name from its voice which resembled the knocking sounds made by a coppersmith.
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