Michael Ho a.k.a. nemo posted two images of the Lineated Barbet (Megalaima lineata) indulging in comfort behaviour on 15th November 2008 that he is sharing with us.
The barbet was caught stretching its wings in a sort of an “angel” posture (above left) and preening the feathers at the base of its left wing, turning its head around to get at a difficult spot (above right).
We have been showcasing the comfort behaviour of a number of birds recently: Blue-tailed Bee-eater (Merops philippinus), Oriental Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris), Oriental Pratincole (Glareola maldivarum) and Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis). This is the first time we are showcasing the Lineated Barbet in such activities.
Images by Michael Ho.
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