Pin-striped Tit-babbler: 3. Nest structure

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“I returned to this nest of the Pin-striped Tit-babbler (Macronous gularis), I had previously reported LINK and LINK, when I was sure the babblers had fledged. I spent 2 hours of observations around the nest, of up to 50 meters distance, to make sure the birds had left.

“I then approached the nest to get some detailed observations (measurements not available locally). I carefully striped away the covering vegetation and the globular nest could now be clearly seen. The nest had been wedged in with no attachments. It was resting on the reeds and branches of a small dried bush (top, above).

“I carefully extracted the nest and it came out intact. It was exclusively built of Imperata cylindrical or lalang grass. External dimensions were 12 cm in length, 9 cm in height, 5 cm in width. Internal dimensions were 8 cm in length, 6 cm in height, 4 cm in width. The opening was at the rear end and measured 2.5 cm by 5 cm. The thickness was 1-1.5cm (above, below).”

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
13th July 2014
Location: Ulu Kinta Forest Reserve, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Previously logged forest with secondary growth and some primary forest

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  1. Liao Weijie

    Splendid documentation.

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