“I have seen Zebra Doves (Geopelia striata) nest in odd sites but never before in limestone hill openings.
“Note that these are images and observations from a distance with no closer access but there is no doubt about the nesting behaviour.
“I spotted an adult flying into a small hole in a large limestone stalactite. The hole is located 40-50 meters up a limestone outcropping (above). I saw three visits by the adult bringing nesting material with another adult within the hole receiving the material (below).
“I only observed for awhile as I was lured away by migrant minivets.
“Note that the nest is within the hole and not on any ledge. I wonder if they have been learning form the starlings, pigeons, sparrows, etc who use these holes for nests?”
Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
21st September 2014
Location: Tambun Interior, Ipoh City, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Ex-logging trails, limestone hills, secondary forest, streams