Observations on feeding behaviour of Lineated Barbet

“I would like to use this post to make a suggestion based on a number of observations about the feeding behaviour of the Lineated Barbet (Megalaima lineata hodgsoni).

“Firstly, the Lineated Barbet is known to take small birds as prey – flowerpecker and Eurasian Tree Sparrow. Whether this is for self or for chicks we are uncertain (possibly for juveniles).

“I have also recently seen the Crested Goshawk (Accipiter trivirgatus peninsulae) furiously chasing a Lineated Barbet with the barbet yelping in terror. See HERE.

“Last week my wife and I saw a raptor nest while out cycling early. We both thought we saw a juvenile in the nest. I went back later to have a look and found a Lineated Barbet feeding in the nest (left). I was too far to identify what was taken.

“My suggestion: When I saw the Crested Goshawk chasing a Lineated Barbet I assumed it was for a meal for juveniles or self. But could it be that the Lineated Barbet has a habit of robbing nest for chicks and the Crested Goshawk was acting out of anger to chase away a predator from its nesting site?

“Appreciate views from readers’ observations.”

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh City, Perak, Malaysia
18th April 2010


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