More on Coppersmith Barbets’ feeding behaviour

on 19th October 2010

“There were five Coppersmith Barbets (Megalaima haemacephala indica) feeding at one time, either as family or just attracted at the same time. At least two were mature adults, and two immature developing adult plumage,” wrote Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS on the fruiting Ficus benjaminaa tree near his home in Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia on 17th July 2010.

The image above-left shows a mature adult with adult plumage. The immature shows the red plumage on the forehead and neck and the rich green on the back not well developed (above right).

As noted earlier, the Coppersmith Barbet first crushes the fig and then processes it by mashing it up, before swallowing (below). “Occasional they ‘regurgitate’ to mash a bit more before swallowing,” added Amar

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YC Wee

Dr Wee played a significant role as a green advocate in Singapore through his extensive involvement in various organizations and committees: as Secretary and Chairman for the Malayan Nature Society (Singapore Branch), and with the Nature Society (Singapore) as founding President (1978-1995). He has also served in the Nature Reserve Board (1987-1989), Nature Reserves Committee (1990-1996), National Council on the Environment/Singapore Environment Council (1992-1996), Work-Group on Nature Conservation (1992) and Inter-Varsity Council on the Environment (1995-1997). He is Patron of the Singapore Gardening Society and was appointed Honorary Museum Associate of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) in 2012. In 2005, Dr Wee started the Bird Ecology Study Group. With more than 6,000 entries, the website has become a valuable resource consulted by students, birdwatchers and researchers locally and internationally. The views and opinions expressed in this article are his own, and do not represent those of LKCNHM, the National University of Singapore or its affiliated institutions.

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