Rufous-browed Flycatcher (Anthipes solitaris malayana) Nesting

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Photo 1: One Rufous-browed Flycatcher flew very close to Amar and landed on the road. It then did a number of wing-flicks and tried to lead him away.

Disclosure of nest observation:

I observed the nest for less than 5 minutes and then left the location; just sufficient time to use a hand phone camera to take some overview and zoomed in images for perspective. The birds appeared concerned with my presence (probably had juveniles) and the location does not allow (not suitable) for distant viewing. 

I observed a Rufous-browed Flycatcher (Anthipes solitaris malayana) nesting in Cameron Highlands at ~1,700m ASL on 30th June 2022. I was walking along a mountain road, with primary vegetation on both sides, when a pair of Rufous-browed Flycatchers flew off (startled) from an embankment. I stood watching them (taking some images) and one bird then flew very close. It landed on the road and approached close to me. It then did a number of wing-flicks and tried to lead me away. I recognised they were nesting and looked closely at the embankment.

Photo 2: The nest was located 0.4-0.5 meters above the road, built into the embankment (see overview, nest in centre of the image).
Photo 3: The nest was built of a variety of different dead leaves and vegetation. It had an oval opening and was buried in extensive leaf litter; the nest was not touched or measured to avoid disturbance. There is minimal protrusion of the nest on the side view. 

The behaviour of the birds suggested that nest building was complete and juveniles were present. 

This is the third time in five years that I have observed a nest at almost the same location.  

 

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS

Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

 

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