Olive-backed Sunbird builds nest around a light bulb

on 11th May 2010

On 6th March 2010, Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS was tipped by a colleague that a female Olive-backed Sunbird (Cinnyris jugularis ornatus) was building a nest in an urban home in Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.

Olive-backed Sunbirds are known to build their nests in a variety of locations, some using urban/housing structures while others around potted plants placed along the verandah of urban homes including high-rise apartments. What was unusual in this case was that the nest was built around a hanging light bulb found on the upper balcony of the double story home.

The bulb was clearly visible through the scanty nesting material on the upper part of the nest, as the egg chamber was found on the opposite side of the structure.

Exactly one week later, the nest showed not much change except for the classic stabiliser at the end of the nest. The nest was most probably completed as the female was inside.

Amar’s hope was that no one turn on the light.

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YC Wee

Dr Wee played a significant role as a green advocate in Singapore through his extensive involvement in various organizations and committees: as Secretary and Chairman for the Malayan Nature Society (Singapore Branch), and with the Nature Society (Singapore) as founding President (1978-1995). He has also served in the Nature Reserve Board (1987-1989), Nature Reserves Committee (1990-1996), National Council on the Environment/Singapore Environment Council (1992-1996), Work-Group on Nature Conservation (1992) and Inter-Varsity Council on the Environment (1995-1997). He is Patron of the Singapore Gardening Society and was appointed Honorary Museum Associate of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) in 2012. In 2005, Dr Wee started the Bird Ecology Study Group. With more than 6,000 entries, the website has become a valuable resource consulted by students, birdwatchers and researchers locally and internationally. The views and opinions expressed in this article are his own, and do not represent those of LKCNHM, the National University of Singapore or its affiliated institutions.

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