Barbets eating figs

We are always interested in how birds handle figs, not just which species eat figs. Here, we have two images of the Coppersmith Barbet (Megalaima haemacephala), taking figs from the bodh tree (Ficus religiosa). The image by Jay Tan (top left) shows a barbet picking a ripe fig and in the process, squeezing it. The image by Johnny Wee (top right) shows another barbet eating a fig by first squashing it between its mandibles. No doubt the large broad bill is well adapted for such eating behaviour.

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