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Brown-throated Sunbird Anthreptes malacensis malacensis   - Nesting
Brown-throated Sunbird
Photographer : © Amar-Singh HSS
Location :Ipoh City, Perak, Malaysia
Date : 18 May 2016
English synonyms:Plain-throated Sunbird, Grey-throated Sunbird (griseigularis)
Bird Family :Nectariniini - Sunbirds & spiderhunters
Red Data Status :Least Concern
Remarks :Brown-throated Sunbirds are very common in urban environments but spotting a nest is a challenge. The reasons the nest is less commonly observed include:
1. They build a smaller, more compact nest with hardly any ‘tail’.
2. They tend to build nest quite high up. Mean nest height is 7 meters (range 2-13 meters, Wells 2007). This was 4.5 meters up.
3. It is also hidden in an overhanging clump of leaves.
4. Finally they tend to choose trees colonised by the Oecophylla smaragdina ants (Weaver Ant, tailor Ant, Kerengga). Wells 2007 states that in one sample 24 out of 25 nests were in such trees. Although these ants do occur in urban environments most house owners would eradicate. So birds tend to nest on the fringe of neighbourhoods rather than in actual home gardens.
- Amar
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