Green-billed Malkoha – nest building

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“Spotted a Green-billed Malkoha (Phaenicophaeus tristis longicaudatus) building a nest and harvesting twigs from a nearby dead tree (above, below). Only one adult was seen involved in nest building.

“The nest was located in the fork of a young Rain Tree (Albizia saman) approximately 4 meters above the ground level (below). The tree is overgrown with creepers and the nest itself is located in a dense part of these creepers. Besides the twigs, fresh leaves were also harvested to line the nest.

“It was quite hot, near noon, and there was gular fluttering to keep cool. See the brief handheld video below.

“Note: The bird was very accommodating of my presence. I was going to leave when I spotted it but it calmly continued nest building so I stayed for 15 minutes to watch and document with some images.”

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
29th April 2014

Location: South-West Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Secondary growth

  1. Liao Weijie

    That was some violent twig harvesting show in the video. Interesting! Thanks Doc.

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