Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS has earlier posted accounts on the nesting of Chestnut Munia (Lonchura atricapilla) HERE, Scaly-breasted Munias (L. punctulata) HERE and White-rumped Munia (L. striata subsquamicollis) HERE.
The current post gives details of a “non-classical” type of nest of White-rumped Munia observed on 30th July 2011 at the edge of Kledang-Sayong Forest Reserve in Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.
The first two images above of a nest above were photographed in July 2011 where a juvenile was seen feeding outside. The nest itself was in use as shown by the presence of the adult in the images. The nest, according to Amar, “is not the type built in low bushes where a lot of “long grass is used (see image at bottom). I have noted these two different structures, nest designs. Those in trees (like the two images above) tend to be more compact and have no long grass. The one low in bushes tend to have long grass used for the entrance. I have seen exceptions in trees.”
The image above shows a nest just being constructed in a low bush. It is also at Kledang-Sayong Forest Reserve but photographed on 7th November 2010 with long grass used in construction.
The image above shows a “classical” nest, also from the same forest. It was located at the edge of the forest adjacent to a river and built 1 m off the ground in a dead shrub. The entrance hole has fresh grass over it.