Common Iora nesting

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“Spotted this Common Iora (Aegithina tiphia horizoptera) nest by the way an adult bird flew into the tree (above, below). It suggested nesting rather than looking for prey.

“The nest was built ~ 2.4 meters up in a small fork in the branch. It is compact nest and one of the best constructed that we have seen.

“Both parents tended/incubated the eggs (female incubating above and the male below). While the female was incubating the male was foraging less that 10 meters away, making occasional calls to keep in contact.

“Disclosure: Came near the nest three times in the space of 1.5 hours (while watching other birds elsewhere). Each visit was less than 2 minutes with one visit observing in the car as a hide. Minimum distance was 3-4 meters. No attempt made to look inside the nest.”

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh City, Perak, Malaysia
1st July 2012

Habitat: Urban environment

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