Green Iora – nest building

on 8th June 2014

“I was enjoying a small flock of Black-headed Bulbuls (Pycnonotus atriceps) wander through the canopy feeding when they led me to a pair of Green Ioras (Aegithina viridissima viridissima) collecting nesting material. They were approximately 10 meters up stripping fibre from the bark of a dead branch (above, below). Both male and female were equally involved (watched 3 episodes). I also saw them collect cobwebs.

“When they left I managed to follow them in the canopy and find their nest. It was located on the outer branch of a tall tree on a slope of a hill, approximately 12 meters high (below).

“The nest is close to completion and is a small cup, built into 4 small branches, with a small downwards extension, very much like some Fantails (below). Other have described a neat cup (Wells 2007; one image on OBI). In addition to adding material they also would sit in the cup to shape it.

“Disclosure: I observed the nest building activities for less than 45 minutes. To give the birds a break from my presence, I left and returned three times in the 45 minutes. I was situated quite far away at the foot of the hill, separated from them by a ravine, a stream and thick canopy. Nest building was not interrupted during my presence.”

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
13th April 2014

Location: Kledang-Sayong Forest Reserve, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Trail through 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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