What animal has a "rubber duck" call?
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Feb 21, 2012 2:48 PM Last Post By: hanno
Feb 19, 2012 4:09 AM
What animal has a "rubber duck" call?(Cross-posted from "Islands and Peninsula" as it's geographically applicable to both branches. Apologies to those who see both posts and think "what the f-".)
Through Laos and Thailand, a couple of times in Malaysia and once in Bali I kept hearing an animal call that puzzled me.
The call would begin with a quiet chitter then trail off into a cooing that went "uh-oh, uh-oh, uh-oh, oh, oh, oh", rather like a rubber duck toy. It's quite a melodious sound, not shrill. For the Star Wars fanatics out there, the "uh-oh" is a bit like that hammy "uh-oh" sound-gag that crops up throughout Revenge of the Sith.
I usually heard it in the very late afternoon or evening, usually coming from trees. I presumed it was a bird, but it could as easily be a lizard or a frog or something else.
Google has not been my friend on this question so I thought I'd throw it in here. Does anyone know what animal produces this call?
Feb 19, 2012 9:13 AM
1Tokay gecko perhaps? Although tokays that I've heard don't usually begin quietly and build up and then trail off again. Anyway you can see if this is the sound on this YouTube clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dR9tn0yNqQo&feature=youtube_gdata_player
Feb 19, 2012 11:58 AM
Feb 19, 2012 1:27 PM
Feb 19, 2012 1:40 PM
4With that clue, I found this, which is the exact call I remember: http://www.gekkota.com/assets/multimedia/tokaycall.wav
Wikipedia also has the sound.
Puzzle solved. Thanks again guys!
Edited by: TrevorGudsell
Feb 20, 2012 4:02 AM
Feb 20, 2012 4:11 AM
6Same beast. The Cambodian word can probably be anglicized in a variety of ways depending how you choose to interpret the Cambodian alphabet. Wasn't really sure how to spell it myself until I looked it up when I posted. According to Wikipedia "Tokays are renowned for their loud vocalizations. Their mating call, a loud croak, is variously described as sounding like token, gekk-gekk or Poo-Kay where both the common and the scientific name (deriving from onomatopoeic names in Malay, Sundanese, Tagalog, Thai, or Javanese), as well as the family name Gekkonidae and the generic term gecko come from. The call is similar to the call made by Gekko smithii (Large Forest Gecko)."
Feb 20, 2012 5:08 AM
7The Tokay is much larger than most gekos and has very bright colours. often seen around houses at dusk and through the night when they come out to hunt. I've found that they seem to appear out of nowhere. One minute you're having a quiet beer and then you look up and there's this big beast stuck to the wall looking at you.
Another way of knowing if you're likely to have them around is to see their egss which they stick to the wall or rafters.
Feb 20, 2012 9:19 PM
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