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Ruby-cheeked Sunbird – nest building

on 24th August 2014

“I have seen quite a number of the nests of the Ruby-cheeked Sunbird (Anthreptes singalensis interposita). The majority at this location are situation adjacent to a river.

“This nest was located 2.5 meters up in the outer foliage of a tree (above left, showing an overview of the nest). The planned opening is situated posterior (above right: a rear view of the nest). Nets material included spider web, dead, dried leaves, tree bark, fibrous material (roots or dried creepers), moss, etc.

“Both pair-members are involved in nest construction. In this particular observation they shared the collection of material role equally. The image above shows the male at the nest. But only the female spent time in more detailed construction – pressing down the nesting material and using the body and beak to shape the nest (below).

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
20th July 2014

Location: Kledang-Sayong Forest Reserve, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: A trail through primary jungle, adjacent to a river

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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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