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White-tailed Robin – nesting

on 4th June 2015

“I was exploring a new trail today at this hill station and came across a female White-tailed Robin (Myiomela leucura leucura) with prey for the young (above). The image below shows a male with prey.

“I kept my distance and watched as both parents brought animal prey, predominantly worms (no insects or fruit seen).

“I managed to gradually identify the nesting location (above). It was a dark, full canopy location with light coming in only where a small stream allowed some reduced foliage. The nest was located adjacent to the stream, close to the ground (possibly just off center to the left). It was not possible to watch the nest as there was no vantage point. So I passed by once and took a nesting overview image with my handphone.

“The calls of the White-tailed Robin can be heard HERE.”

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
28th April 2015

Location: 1,600m ASL, Cameron Highlands, Malaysia
Habitat: A trial along primary montane forest.

Postscript:
“The little bumps along the body of the prey are in fact the very stumpy legs of a caterpillar, establishing that this item is indeed an insect, albeit in the larval form. You can even make out the head of the caterpillar. Worms are headless (although there is a front end) and are not insects and are more smooth-bodied, except for bristles in some” – Hans Peeters

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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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