Rufous-browed Flycatcher – nesting

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“I was on this trail when I spotted a Rufous-browed Flycatcher (Ficedula solitaris malayana) carrying prey (above). So I withdrew some distance to see if I could observe nesting. I managed to identify the nest after two visits by the bird. I then imaged the nest from some distance and left.

“Prey for this species is not well documented (Wells 2007). I saw it bring both a caterpillar and a flying insect in the same mouthful (top) and later a red spider (above).

“The nest was built into the gentle slope about 0.75 meters from the base of the trail. It was a domed shaped structure hidden in extensive leaf litter (above, below).

“The bird was very careful not to show me the nest and would work its way to the nest in a circuitous route and through the undergrowth.”

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
1st April 2015

Location: 1,600m ASL, Cameron Highlands, Malaysia
Habitat: A trial along primary montane forest

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