Pacific Swallow – social behaviour while nesting

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I saw a pair of nesting Pacific Swallows (Hirundo tahitica javanica) in an urban/public setting. One bird was incubating. The other was nearby and would intermittently visit the nesting site and appeared to feed the incubating bird. I saw this on 4 different occasions in an 8 minute observation. The bird would fly around to collect prey and after 5-7 were collected, it would come over to the nest and appeared to give them to the other bird (above and below). I am not aware of such behaviour previously and do not know if this is common behaviour. The bird on the nest is an adult to my observation and was not begging for food as juvenile usually do. I did not watch for too long as I did not want to bring attention to their nest.

Amar-Singh HSS (Dato’ Dr) – Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Habitat: Urban environment

Date: 15th May 2019

Equipment: Nikon D500 SLR with Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD, handheld with Rode VideoMic Pro Plus Shotgun Microphone


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