“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).
“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