Grey-rumped Treeswifts incubate single egg in a tiny nest

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Shahrul Kamal learnt from other photographers that a pair of Grey-rumped Treeswift (Hemiprocne longipennis, Family: Hemiprocnidae) was incubating an egg in a tiny nest.  He spent 2 hours at the location in Queenstown, Singapore.

The male (red ear coverts)  and female parent took turns to care for the lone egg, defending it from predators and keeping it warm. Estimated time of changeover shift – 50 mins to an hour. He waited out 2 shifts.
These photos capture some of the actions that took place during the switch and the incubation process. At one point it was drizzling.
The nest is very teeny weeny and attached to a branch.
Local Status – Uncommon resident.
This treeswift belongs to a different Family from the true swifts (Apodidae).

 

Photo 1: The male parent turning the egg in the tiny nest.
Photo 2: The male getting into position to warm and shield the egg with its feathers. The fragile nest is made from feathers, moss, plant materials glued together by saliva.
Photo 3: The female bird sits next to its partner.
Photo 4: The male moves away from the nest.
Photo 5: The male flies backward away from the nest.
Photo 6: The female now incubates the egg by perching on the tree branch and broods the egg with its breast feathers.
Photo 7: The female adjusting its position over the nest.
Photo 8: The female covering the egg with its breast feathers.
Photo 9: The female grooming its head feathers while incubating the egg.
Shahrul Kamal
25 June 2022
Margaret Drive, Queenstown, Singapore.

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