Common Flameback duetting at nesting hole

on 24th August 2013

The above image by Khng Eu Meng shows the chick of the Common Flameback’s (Dinopium javanense) looking out of the nesting hole entrance in anticipation of the adult’s arrival with food. The perfect circular opening is testimony to the excellent workmanship of the flameback in chiseling out the nest from the trunk of an old eucalyptus tree (Eucalyptus sp.).

Jeremiah Loei’s video above shows the male Common Flameback at and around his nesting hole duetting with another nearby. This male was later seen bringing food to feed one of two chicks. Note the characteristic side to side movements of his head between poking into the nest to feed the chick, checking out the surroundings for potential predators. Also characteristic is his movements up and down the tree trunk.

Khng Eu Meng & Jeremiah Loei
August 2013

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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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5 Responses

    1. Thank you Amar-Singh HSS (Dato’ Dr). Hope you’d enjoy the video clips., thank you for your nice comment.

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