“Oriental Magpie Robin (Copsychus saularis musicus) nests are not easy to identify as they are intelligent and alert birds.
“We find that cycling a good way to watch birds as they tend to pay less attention to a cyclist than a pedestrian. Spotted this pair visiting a mailbox when out cycling this morning near my home and went back to have a look (below).
“They were putting the finishing touches to their nest; in the process of lining the interior. There was no food being brought and no incubation activities. Both parents were involved in nest building but female brought more material, although the male accompanied these visits as well. All nest visits I observed were together by both partners.
“This is the third time I have seen Magpie Robins consider or use a mailbox for nesting. I suspect this bird is open to nesting in artificial nesting boxes if provided by the community.
“Disclosure: Most pictures were taken from the car as a hide. Visited nest when parents flew away to get material. Spent 40-60 seconds at the nest and used flash twice for interior of nest. I obscured the address on the box as do not want the nesting birds disturbed.”
Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Canning Garden Home, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
24th April 2011