“Near a river mouth in Pahang, Peninsular Malaysia, a small flock of Asian Glossy Starlings (Aplonis panayensis) had perched atop the vertical trunks of the nibong palm (Oncosperma tigillarium) poles that lined the river bank. A pair of prospective parents appeared to be particularly keen on a piece of real estate, as their feathers glistened with a metallic green in the brilliant afternoon sun (above).
“One of the pair wasted no time and descended head-first into the cosy cavity to assess the suitability (above).
“Upon emergence and approval, it was time for its other half to carry out the home inspection (above).
“A video clip of these parents expressing interest in the potential nest site may be previewed above.
Dr. Leong Tzi Ming
12th January 2016