Anatomy of a Coppersmith Barbet’s nest

on 23rd August 2010

“The image on the left shows an old Coppersmith Barbet (Megalaima haemacephala) nest which was active around April 2009. A few days ago, I discovered that it was brought down by a heavy thunderstorm.

“The trunk has broken up, revealing the chamber of the nest. This is shown in the other attached images (below). I did some measurements and they are as follows: diameter of entrance = between 3 to 3.5cm (almost a perfect circle); diameter of chamber = between 6 to 6.5cm; depth of chamber = about 20cm (really hard to tell where is the end of the chamber because of the rotted, broken condition).

“I wonder if the museum at NUS (don’t know its full name) or if any other is interested in keeping this.”

Sun Chong Hong
29th July 2010

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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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2 Responses

  1. The raffles museum of biodiversity research did not need the sample. It had been given to Cicada Tree Eco-Place ( which do nature lessons for kids.

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