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 off the leaf blades of lalang grass (Imperata cylindrical) and flying off with pieces streaming behind them. The nests were mostly built with this grass, supplemented with flowering heads of other grasses, including Eragrostis sp. (above right).
There was only one nest per palm, as far as Amar could ascertain. However, late last year he spotted communal nesting, with three to five nests in each Macarthur Palm (Ptychosperma macarthurii) (left).