Ruby-cheeked Sunbird – nest building

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“I have seen quite a number of the nests of the Ruby-cheeked Sunbird (Anthreptes singalensis interposita). The majority at this location are situation adjacent to a river.

“This nest was located 2.5 meters up in the outer foliage of a tree (above left, showing an overview of the nest). The planned opening is situated posterior (above right: a rear view of the nest). Nets material included spider web, dead, dried leaves, tree bark, fibrous material (roots or dried creepers), moss, etc.

“Both pair-members are involved in nest construction. In this particular observation they shared the collection of material role equally. The image above shows the male at the nest. But only the female spent time in more detailed construction – pressing down the nesting material and using the body and beak to shape the nest (below).

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
20th July 2014

Location: Kledang-Sayong Forest Reserve, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: A trail through primary jungle, adjacent to a river

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