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Spectacled Greenbul

Xanthomixis zosterops (Sharpe, 1875)

Related taxa:
Partial list of sound recordings available from xeno-canto, macaulaylibrary.org & avocet.zoology.msu.edu.
Species name Recordist Date Location Remarks Cat.nr.
Short-billed Tetraka - Xanthomixis zosterops zosterops Nick Athanas 20-11-2010 Masoala National Park, Toamasina (Madagascar) (100 m) calls (A) - 66071
xeno-canto.org
Spectacled Tetraka - Xanthomixis zosterops fulvescens Ken Behrens 2020-10-22 Amber Mountain National Park, Antsiranana (Madagascar) (1100 m) adult, sex uncertain, song -

I have never heard any vocalization like this from a Spectacled Tetraka before. But this was clearly a song-type vocalization, which I heard for extended periods (30 minutes plus) on two consecutive mornings. It only gave this song in the early morning, and this was during the first significant rains of the 2020 rainy season. Do other subspecies also give this song? Seems unlikely to me that other observers and I have missed it for so long. So this distinctive song from the Amber Mountain taxon seems a fascinating piece of the puzzle, in terms of whether or not it deserves to be considered a full species.

Same individual as in XC604362 (classic sputtering silvery call of the species)

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

604363
xeno-canto.org
Spectacled Tetraka - Xanthomixis zosterops Ken Behrens 2020-12-02 Bemanevika, Bealanana District, Mahajanga Province, Mahajanga (Madagascar) (1600 m) adult, call, sex uncertain -

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

622818
xeno-canto.org
Spectacled Tetraka - Xanthomixis zosterops fulvescens Ken Behrens 2020-10-21 Amber Mountain National Park, Antsiranana (Madagascar) (1100 m) adult, dawn song, sex uncertain, song -

I have never heard any vocalization like this from a Spectacled Tetraka before. But this was clearly a song-type vocalization, which I heard for extended periods (30 minutes plus) on two consecutive mornings. It only gave this song in the early morning, and this was during the first significant rains of the 2020 rainy season. Do other subspecies also give this song? Seems unlikely to me that other observers and I have missed it for so long. So this distinctive song from the Amber Mountain taxon seems a fascinating piece of the puzzle, in terms of whether or not it deserves to be considered a full species.

Same bird as in XC603987

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

603986
xeno-canto.org
Spectacled Tetraka - Xanthomixis zosterops Ken Behrens 2020-10-22 Antsirabe, Sambava, Antsiranana Province, Antsiranana (Madagascar) (1200 m) uncertain -

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

622656
xeno-canto.org
Spectacled Tetraka - Xanthomixis zosterops Ken Behrens 2020-12-04 Bemanevika, Bealanana District, Mahajanga Province, Mahajanga (Madagascar) (1600 m) call -

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

623739
xeno-canto.org
Spectacled Tetraka - Xanthomixis zosterops fulvescens Ken Behrens 2020-10-22 Amber Mountain National Park, Antsiranana (Madagascar) (1100 m) adult, call -

Closer and louder starting at 0:40

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

604362
xeno-canto.org
Spectacled Tetraka - Xanthomixis zosterops Ken Behrens 2020-10-22 Antsirabe, Sambava, Antsiranana Province, Antsiranana (Madagascar) (1200 m) uncertain -

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

622657
xeno-canto.org
Spectacled Tetraka - Xanthomixis zosterops Mike Nelson 2013-12-15 Mananara Lodge, Anjozorobe, Antananarivo (Madagascar) (1300 m) call -

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

162426
xeno-canto.org
Spectacled Tetraka - Xanthomixis zosterops Ken Behrens 2020-12-02 Bemanevika, Bealanana District, Mahajanga Province, Mahajanga (Madagascar) (1600 m) adult, call, sex uncertain -

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

622819
xeno-canto.org
Spectacled Tetraka - Xanthomixis zosterops Ken Behrens 2020-12-04 Bemanevika, Bealanana District, Mahajanga Province, Mahajanga (Madagascar) (1600 m) call -

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

623743
xeno-canto.org
Spectacled Tetraka - Xanthomixis zosterops fulvescens Ross Gallardy 2017-11-09 Diana, Antsiranana Province, Antsiranana (Madagascar) (1100 m) call -

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

418945
xeno-canto.org
Spectacled Tetraka - Xanthomixis zosterops Mike Nelson 2013-12-17 Mantadia National Park, Moramanga, Toamasina, Toamasina (Madagascar) (950 m) call -

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

162488
xeno-canto.org
Spectacled Tetraka - Xanthomixis zosterops fulvescens Ken Behrens 2020-10-21 Amber Mountain National Park, Antsiranana (Madagascar) (1100 m) adult, dawn song, sex uncertain, song -

I have never heard any vocalization like this from a Spectacled Tetraka before. But this was clearly a song-type vocalization, which I heard for extended periods (30 minutes plus) on two consecutive mornings. It only gave this song in the early morning, and this was during the first significant rains of the 2020 rainy season. Do other subspecies also give this song? Seems unlikely to me that other observers and I have missed it for so long. So this distinctive song from the Amber Mountain taxon seems a fascinating piece of the puzzle, in terms of whether or not it deserves to be considered a full species.

Same bird as in XC603986. Longer cut, but more obscured by heavier rain and wind.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

603987
xeno-canto.org
Spectacled Tetraka - Xanthomixis zosterops Mike Nelson 2013-12-17 Mantadia National Park, Moramanga, Toamasina, Toamasina (Madagascar) (950 m) call -

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

162487
xeno-canto.org
Spectacled Tetraka - Xanthomixis zosterops Phil Gregory 2013-11-09 Chez Aroll, Masoala NP, Toamasina (Madagascar) (200 m) call -

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:yes

158262
xeno-canto.org
Spectacled Tetraka - Xanthomixis zosterops Phil Gregory 2013-11-10 Chez Aroll, Masoala NP, Toamasina (Madagascar) (200 m) call -

Edited out a voice early in the cut, the sharp tik tik notes are the tetraka

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

158237
xeno-canto.org
Spectacled Tetraka - Xanthomixis zosterops Mike Nelson 2013-12-07 Chez Arol, Masoala NP, Toamasina (Madagascar) (200 m) call -

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

162790
xeno-canto.org
Spectacled Tetraka - Xanthomixis zosterops Mike Nelson 2013-12-07 Chez Arol, Masoala NP, Toamasina (Madagascar) (200 m) call -

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

162791
xeno-canto.org
Spectacled Tetraka - Xanthomixis zosterops Mike Nelson 2013-12-07 Chez Arol, Masoala NP, Toamasina (Madagascar) (200 m) call, juvenile -

possible juvenile following several adults

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

162793
xeno-canto.org
Spectacled Tetraka - Xanthomixis zosterops Mike Nelson 2013-12-07 Chez Arol, Masoala NP, Toamasina (Madagascar) (200 m) call -

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

162792
xeno-canto.org
Spectacled Tetraka - Xanthomixis zosterops Mike Nelson 2013-12-07 Chez Arol, Masoala NP, Toamasina (Madagascar) (200 m) call -

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

162794
xeno-canto.org
Short-billed Tetraka - Xanthomixis zosterops Daniel Lane 17-11-2008 Ranomafana trail, Ranomafana NP, Fianarantsoa Prov. , Fianarantsoa (Madagascar) (900 m) begging call (no score) - Young begging from adults. 26445
xeno-canto.org
Spectacled Tetraka - Xanthomixis zosterops Nick Athanas 2010-11-20 Ambodiforaha, Toamasina, Madagascar, Toamasina (Madagascar)   - XC66071 257658061
macaulaylibrary.org
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