Crested Goshawk chasing Lineated Barbet

posted in: Interspecific, Raptors | 4

“My wife and I first saw this Crested Goshawk (Accipiter trivirgatus peninsulae) furiously chasing a Lineated Barbet (Megalaima lineata hodgsoni) yesterday morning. The barbet was yelping in terror – a call I have not yet heard from this barbet. Not sure as to outcome as they flew into some trees.

“Note how the bird likes to sit on one foot, with the other often hidden in the feathers. Occasionally the foot will ‘peep out’ when a gust of wind blows the feathers. I thought it might be a damaged foot but yesterday’s shots show the same action but with the other foot.

“I reviewed past photographs (previous years) and saw the same posture. It does use both feet as well to perch. Wonder if this “one foot perch” is for long durations.”

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh City, Perak, Malaysia
20th & 21st December 2009

Note: Birds standing on one foot may to reduce heat loss.

4 Responses

  1. jytou

    The male Crested Goshawk in my garden also loves to hold its leg up like that…… It is likely a common behavior among many larger birds?

  2. Myron Tay

    Noticed that many birds (not just the big ones) stand on one leg at rest. I figure that it is probably no different from many people I know (including myself) who at rest, like to put more weigh on one of legs even though we have two good ones.

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