Olive-backed Sunbird nesting in a watering pot

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“The Olive-backed Sunbirds (Cinnyris jugularis) were trying to build a nest in the pine tree (Araucaria sp.) on my balcony but were not successful after two attempts. So I decided to give them a hand by installing a watering pot and put back their nesting materials inside. It worked. The female checked out her new home (above) and took up tenancy (below).

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“In due course a hungry chick appeared in the nest and needed feeding (below, adult male at the nest).

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“Both adults helped feed the chick. The adult female brought insects (below).

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“Followed by the adult male, also insects (below).

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“When the chick fledged the adult female was around to provide support (below)…

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“…even encouragement (below)…

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“…until it was confident to suddenly fly off.

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“I asked mother bird for studio portrait shoot she obligingly agreed. Will give her the print when she comes back (above).”

Victor Tan Beng Kwang
24th June 2016

This post is a cooperative effort between Birds, Insects N Creatures Of Asia and BESG to bring the study of birds and their behavior through photography and videography to a wider audience.

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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.

6 Responses

  1. Am

    The birds must really like him. The sunbirds that visit me everyday are somehow still wary of me even after 1 year, and refuse to nest in my balcony (though they still come daily to feed on nectar from my flowering plants), even though I have set up 2 grass nests for them in different spots. Maybe I have an evil-looking face. 🙁

  2. YC Wee

    Did you use a secondhand sunbird’s nest? With a long tail trailing down? Or a typical cup-shaped nest like a bulbul’s?

  3. Yoon

    Last week on Wednesday, there were 2 olive backed sunbird chicks that has fledged in our neighbourhood. Everyday until last Sunday, both chicks will return to a tree outside my house to rest for the night. On Monday, only one returned to sleep on the tree. On Tuesday (yesterday), none return to rest on the tree outside my house. I really hoped nothing untoward has happen to the chicks as I have tried to look for both chicks around the neighbourhood (they have very loud chirping sound which can be heard far away) but have so far failed to locate either one of them. Anyone knows about the movement of olive backed sunbirds, whether they rest at difference places every night and how far from the initial location of the previous resting location?

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