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Pin-striped Tit-babbler: 3. Nest structure

on 30th June 2015

“I returned to this nest of the Pin-striped Tit-babbler (Macronous gularis), I had previously reported LINK and LINK, when I was sure the babblers had fledged. I spent 2 hours of observations around the nest, of up to 50 meters distance, to make sure the birds had left.

“I then approached the nest to get some detailed observations (measurements not available locally). I carefully striped away the covering vegetation and the globular nest could now be clearly seen. The nest had been wedged in with no attachments. It was resting on the reeds and branches of a small dried bush (top, above).

“I carefully extracted the nest and it came out intact. It was exclusively built of Imperata cylindrical or lalang grass. External dimensions were 12 cm in length, 9 cm in height, 5 cm in width. Internal dimensions were 8 cm in length, 6 cm in height, 4 cm in width. The opening was at the rear end and measured 2.5 cm by 5 cm. The thickness was 1-1.5cm (above, below).”

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
13th July 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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