Pied Triller – juvenile in nest

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“Spotted this nest by chance when I saw an adult male Pied Triller (Lalage nigra striga) ‘buzzing’ a Spotted Dove (Streptopelia chinensis) (i.e. flying down aggressively on). The dove had accidentally landed in a tree where the nest of this Pied Triller was located and the male was being protective. Over the years I have noticed that the adult male Pied Triller will defend its nest fairly aggressively, even when in the construction stage (I have been buzzed once in the past when I got too close to the nesting tree, I was 4-5 meters away).

“The nest was situated in a fork in the tree, 3.5 meters up (left). The nest was re-enforced with spider web.

“I expected two juveniles but there was only one, who looked quite close to fledging (above). Only the adult male was seen. It is possible that the other juvenile has fledged recently and the adult female was caring for it.

“I took some quick images for documentation, keeping my distance. Then watched, for a short while, from further away, using the car as a hide. There was one more territorial altercation with another adult male who came too close. I suspect that bird was also breeding 50-60 meters away (not possible to follow due to landscape problems; fence).

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh City, Perak, Malaysia
1st July 2012

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