Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker collecting nesting material

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“We had noticed that our resident neighbourhood Scarlet-backed Flowerpeckers (Dicaeum cruentatum) were busy (no time to chat) and suspected nest building in progress. Spotted the adult female collecting nesting material from our garden today.

“As far as my observations go, I have spotted this species using the bark of two trees as nesting material:

1. Pride of India (Lagerstroemia sp.) – seen this a number of times in our garden and lots of strips of bark are peeled at each visit.

2. Kaffir Lime tree (Citrus hystrix, local name limau purut) – seen this is the semi-rural environment.

“I am sure any tree with soft, thin peeling bark in strips will do for the bird.

“As yet I have only seen the adult female collect material. I have seen the adult male in the Lagerstroemia tree but not actually seen material in his beak. I am certain the male does collect nesting material as it is documented in literature, but perhaps the female, as usual, does the lion’s share.”

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Canning Garden Home, Ipoh City, Perak, Malaysia
Conditions: A bright mid-morning
7th October 2012

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