Guianan-streaked Antwrens are those small fast moving and shy birds in Kabalebo. A mouthful but that is how you best describe them. First you will notice some movements in the thick growing bushes and suddenly one small black and white bird will jump out. I followed this little bird for a while and while he was jumping from branch to branch he managed to grab a little snack too along the way.
Working together for a family; Guianan-Streaked Antwrens.
The Guianan Streaked Antwren likes to work as a team when they are incubating.
This is a nest of the Guianan-streaked Antwren (Myrmotherula surinamensis), a small restless bird, one that you can find on a daily basis near the lodges of Kabalebo. This is my second observation of their nesting!
A common bird at Kabalebo. During the mornings and late afternoons very active. You can spot this bird at vine-tangled low bushes (along rivers or forest edges) This year I witnessed the incubation time of this small bird. The nest of the Guianan Streaked Antwren is made from a mix of fine grass, roots and moss. Both male and female were busy with the construction. Making the nest took at least 12 days of their time.
The result: a 'basket' nest, small enough to fit in one's hand. Dangling on a single branch with (sometimes) a leaf above used as cover-up.
29.01.14 - 05.02.14: I found a nest next to the airstrip-edge, 1 meter above the ground. 2 eggs spotted. Both male and female were taking turns.
05.02.14 - 13.02.14: Male and female taking turns during incubation time.
14.02.14: 1 egg hatched.
15.02.14 - 23.02.14: I noticed that the hatchling was 2 cm big. First stage of growing feathers (no color)
24.02.14 - 25.02.14: immature 5 cm big. The head is light brown spotted.
26.02.14 - 27.02.14: juvenile is 8 cm big. Brown color on the head. Visible are white streaks on the wings.
28.02.14: juvenile flew out of the nest into the forest.
During my observation I noticed that both the male and the female were feeding their young.