Olive-backed Sunbird stealing nest material from my apartment

on 17th June 2018
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“We keep an old abandoned Yellow-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus goiavier) nest (found in our estate) in a bowl. A pair of Olive-backed Sunbirds (Cinnyris jugularis) sunbirds spotted them through the glass windows.

“One day when one of the windows was open, the female sunbird flew in a number of times and stole pieces of the old nest.

“It is interesting to note that only the female dared to get into the house to take the material, the male just hovered outside (see video below).

“I believe the female is building a nest nearby, maybe in one of our neighbours’ potted area (we don’t really have a balcony).”

Bee Choo Strange
17th May 2918

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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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