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Pin-striped Tit-babbler: 1. Nesting

on 28th June 2015

“Was watching two adult Pin-striped Tit-babblers (Macronous gularis) and found it a bit odd that there were only two of them. Usually they are in a small social group. They were very accommodating and I was only a few meters away. Then, to my surprise, one of them made its way towards me, using the undergrowth, and then ‘disappeared’ into a clump of old grass and leaves just 2-3 meters from me.

“The other adult tried to distract me at the same moment by flying across the path. I recognised that I was just in front of their nest.

“The nest is 0.5 meters above the ground by the side of the path. The nest is built using the support of the stems of some reeds and bushes. It comprises dried bamboo leaves, bracken (dried ferns) and other leaves.

“The entrance is facing away from me. It is very non-descript and I am only sure it is a nest as the bird has gone in for some time before emerging. No prey was brought, so I am assuming they are still incubating. I took some quick images and left.”

Images: From top down – overview from the right; overview from the left; close up; and the adult that entered the nest (no known male-female separating characteristics).

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
22nd June 2014

Location: Ulu Kinta Forest Reserve, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Previously logged forest with secondary growth and some 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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