This is an update of the earlier post on the Common Tailorbird (Orthotomus sutorius maculicollis) nest LINK.
“Feeding of nestlings has picked up intensity. During peak periods feeding episodes are every 2-3 minutes. Both parents seem to share the work equally for this nest, often coming one after the other followed by a gap. Neither parent seems to stay at the nest to offer protection. Feeding episodes can be broken by gaps of 20 minutes when parents (presumably) do their own feeding. Either adult will call, when bringing food, until they reach the nest when they will be silent until exit (audio recordings later).
“Food bought to nestlings is a mixture of caterpillars (top) (and other worm like invertebrates) and many different insects – small crickets (second row, right), spiders (third row, left), etc. No vegetable matter. Hard to document this on camera as approach is done carefully when we are watching and movement is erratic.”
Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Canning Garden Home, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
10th June 2012
Disclosure: Only one visit was made to the nest when both parents were away. No attempt to touch the nest or disturb the surrounding vegetation. Brief episode to get some images and no flash used.