Olive-backed Sunbird nest building

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“My wife and I were out to lunch and spotted this pair of Olive-backed Sunbirds (Cinnyris jugularis) that had built their nest in the heart of the city.

“This is the third nest in the same potted plant, a Ficus, over three years and could possibly be the same pair.

“The nest is located 2.5 meters up and just above the heads of shoppers passing by, at this very busy row of shops. It is built under the shelter of the awning along the five-foot-way. No one seems to have spotted the nest and we limited our attention of it.

“Images were taken from a doorway nearby and I also made it a point to image other items and people to avoid any focus on the nest.

“Besides using natural materials like tree bark, grass cotton (Imperata cylindrical – Lalang flowers) and dried grass, the birds have also used a lot of natural material like strips of cloth, raffia, string and other fibers.

“The usually dangling untidy ‘tail’ of the nest has been anchored into the plant.”

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
17th March 2015

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