Baya Weaver completing nest

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The male Baya Weaver (Ploceus philippinus) builds the nest up to the helmet stage, collecting materials and weaving the pieces together. He then gets his mate to approve the structure. Only then will the bulbous egg-chamber and the long pendulous … Continued

Do birds swallow papaya seeds?

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The papaya (Carica papaya) is native to tropical America. Brought to this part of the world during the 16th century by the Spanish, it has since spread throughout the tropics. This spread is mainly due to humans who grow them … Continued

Scaly-breasted Munia nesting

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On 19th December 2009 Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS spotted a number of Scaly-breasted Munias (Lonchura punctulata fretensis) building their nests in the crown of the Sealing Wax Palm (Cyrtostachys renda) in Rawang, Selangor, Malaysia (left). The munias were tearing strips … Continued

Indian Skimmer skimming

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An earlier post describes the Indian Skimmer (Rynchops albicollis) foraging by skimming the water in flight with the lower mandible submerged in the water. Once a prey item touches the lower mandible, it immediately closes shut, thus grasping the prey. … Continued

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