Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker nesting

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“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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