Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker: 9. The nest was abandoned

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Earlier posts: 1. Introduction; 2. nesting materials; 3. Nest taking shape; 4. Lining egg chamber; 5. Finishing touches to nest; 6. Pre-egg laying days; 7. Has an egg been laid?; 8. Female incubating her egg?.

The last time the female Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker (Dicaeum cruentatum) was seen making regular trips to the nest was on 18th January 2018 LINK.

However, the day after (19th January) there was no sign of the female flowerpecker. It was suspected that the nest was abandoned, especially that the male was not seen since the female first stayed the night in the nest.

For the next 5 days the female failed to return to the nest. It was then obvious that she had abandoned the nest.

Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker nesting from another occasion...
Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker nesting. Image from another occasion…

So I missed the chance of documenting the feeding of the chicks followed by the fledging phase and need to wait for another opportunity. I did document the feeding phase way back in May 2000 with images, not video – see above and HERE.

Fortunately, I chanced upon the excellent 2012 video by Jeremiah Loei in 2012 on one aspect of the nesting of the Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker and I suppose this will do for the moment.

YC Wee & Jeremiah Loei
30th January 2018

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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