Barbets and papaya

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Following an earlier post on the Gold-whiskered Barbet (Megalaima chrysopogon) feeding on a papaya, Daisy O’Neill sent in her images of a Red-throated (Megalaima mystacophanos) (above left) as well as a Gold-whiskered similarly (above right) feeding on the papay (Carica papaya).

“This is very true. I have been observing a GWB adult in June/July 2008 strategising his approach and in pecking order that the GWB had to share the papaya with the Red-Throated Barbet – perhaps another record.”

Readers are urged to submit observations, better so with photographic evidence, of the different foods birds take. Do not assume that your observations are common knowledge – unless they are recorded, they are not in the public domain and have limited value.

We need to document these information as, who knows, many of these may be new records – as in the case of the above.

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