Copper-throated Sunbird nest-building

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“The female Copper-throated Sunbird (Nectarinia calcostetha) is commonly seen at Sungei Buloh Wetlands Reserve during nest-building season, busy harvesting and ferrying nesting material to her nest (above). This one made at least a dozen trips to a Funnel-web/Tent Spider’s (Beccari’s Tent Spider? LINK web during the 15mins I was watching her, tugging at the web to pull off small bits which she transported to her nearby nest 10m away.

“On the left is a photo of a similar intact web, with a central tornado-shaped hole or ‘funnel’ in which the spider usually awaits prey, and a horizontal platform below which collects flying insects knocked down by the vertical silk lines.

Lena Chow
Singapore
11th May 2013

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