Red-throated Sunbird – nesting outcome

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“I had earlier reported a nesting pair of Red-throated Sunbirds (Anthreptes rhodolaemus) busy constructing a nest LINK. The nest was located 9-10 meters up at the crown of a tree. Updated details of the nest:

25th July 2018
“Observed the nest in the process of construction using dried grass or plant fibres and nest building was only carried out by the female; male seen nearby. The nesting entrance (hole) was clear, as was the dangling tail seen in this species.

9th August 2018 (above, below)
“Able to return for an observation. The nest had been completed and is well hidden from the sides. The female appeared to be incubating; male did not help with incubation. I choose to bird watch in the area (over a 3 hour period) and return every 30 minutes for brief observations. I saw the female leave the nest 3 times, presumably to feed self. I could have been wrong and she could have been feeding young, but did not see any food brought to the nest.

16th August 2018
“Female still at nest and young were being fed. Limited observations on this day and unsure if male supported feeding and of items brought to the nest.

28th August 2018 (above, below))
“Young had fledged and found the family about 300 meters away from the nest. Saw at least one juvenile male and one juvenile female. Adult male involved in feeding young. Most of the time found in the higher canopy of the forest.

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
9-28 August 2918

Location: Kledang-Sayong Forest Reserve, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Trail along primary jungle

Currently considered Near Threatened


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