Common Tailorbird Nesting -Outcome of 2nd Juvenile

on 23rd June 2012

The earlier posts on the nesting of the Common Tailorbirds (Orthotomus sutorius maculicollis) are found in the following links: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

“The second juvenile that fledged did not do well. It was less mature. I spotted it in the early morning, of the 13th June when it fledged, on the ground 1.5 meters from the nest. The predominant carer was the adult female but the male also fed it. It could not fly up to any low vantage point.

“When I came back from lunch it had been encouraged by parents to move ~7 meters to were the other juvenile was located but still on the ground (quite a walk for a first day fledged tiny juvenile (see Part 1). It was still being fed on the ground (see Part 2).

“It unfortunately look injured at the side of the neck (see Part 3).

“By evening the parents had decreased their feeding. They brought prey and were using it as ‘bait’, trying to encourage this 2nd juvenile to fly up. We lost sight of the juvenile late in the evening (6.30pm) and hope it made it. I suspect it did as was perky little fellow. Need to keep any eye out to see if there are two juveniles in my neighbourhood.

“One interesting observation is that while the nest and juveniles was in the garden the parents would only forage in my neighbouring gardens. Once they had left my garden (to the vacant house across the road) the adults are now seen frequently foraging in our garden. This is possibly a protective mechanism to avoid attention to the nest and juveniles.”

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Canning Garden Home, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
10-13th June 2012

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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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