Slate-throated redstart nest in Peru, videos


This video says about itself:

Quick Meal And Brooding For Slate-throated Redstart Nestlings –Sept. 11, 2017

Watch the cam live, 24/7, at http://allaboutbirds.org/redstarts

The Slate-throated Redstart cam is situated on the expansive grounds of the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel in Machupicchu Pueblo, Peru, situated a few thousand feet below the ruins of Machu Picchu.

The small roofed nest is a little under a meter off the ground in a thicket of common ivy that covers a stone wall on the property. In studies of Slate-throated Redstarts in the cloud forests of Costa Rica, it took an average of 14 days of incubation before eggs hatched, followed by an average of 11 days until fledging. As this nest hatched on the morning of September 4, we would expect the young to fledge sometime around September 15.

The biggest challenge to seeing these birds fledge isn’t even the technical aspect of the cam: it’s the high chance of the nest being predated or failing prior to fledging. Across the tropics, the rate of nest failure in open cup nesting birds can be 80% or higher! This figure holds for Slate-throated Redstart species that have been studied in other locales, and we can’t know whether this particular nest will survive; however, most birds in the tropics cope with this reality by nesting multiple times within the breeding season, and laying fewer eggs per attempt — literally, not putting all of their eggs in one basket!

This video from the nest in Peru says about itself:

Slate-throated Redstarts Feed Nestlings On A Rainy Day, 9/8/2017

This video from the nest in Peru says about itself:

Slate-throated Redstart Pair Feeds Nestlings, 9/8/2017

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4 thoughts on “Slate-throated redstart nest in Peru, videos

  1. From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology:

    Slate-throated Redstarts To Fledge Soon

    The nestlings on the Slate-throated Redstart cam located on the grounds of the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel in Machupicchu Pueblo, Peru will be gone in the blink of an eye! With only 3–4 days left to go until fledging, don’t miss your chance to witness these young warblers grow up and take their first flights out of the nest and into the areas below the ruins of Machu Picchu. Watch cam.

    Over the past few days, viewers have witnessed the two nestlings—each now weighing about the same as an adult bird—open their eyes for the first time and begin to gain their juvenile plumage. The adults have played the role of model parents, foraging tirelessly and shuttling insects into the awaiting mouths of their well-fed young. With a short brooding period of only 11 days, these young birds will learn to grow up quickly in an area where the rate of nest failure in open cup nesting birds can be 80% or higher!

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