Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker nesting

on 15th January 2014

“Was returning from this forest reserve when spotted a Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker (Dicaeum cruentatum) flying in to the edge of a branch, suggesting nesting. We stopped and spotted their elegant nest which had juveniles (above left). The nest is located very craftily at the other edge of a branch, 2.5 meters up, under the leaf cover such that it cannot be seen easily except from below (above right). I think the tree is the Saraca taipingensis. Note that the tree was heavily infested with mistletoe and this may have influenced the choice for nesting.

“Both parents were feeding the young. The images above show a visit by the adult male and as he pulls away… you can see that there are at least two juveniles within (the common number).

“We watched very briefly before leaving them to care for their brood.”

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh City, Perak, Malaysia
22nd July 2012

Location: Fringe of Kledang-Sayong Forest
Habitat: Edge of primary forest

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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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