Coppersmith Barbet excavating a nesting hole

on 12th February 2011

Lena Chow sent in a video clip of a Coppersmith Barbet (Megalaima haemacephala) excavating a nest hole on a branch of a rotting tree (above). Note the abundance of bracket fungi that are involved in the degradation of this rotting branch (below).

Barbets are one of a few genera of birds that are capable of excavating their nesting holes. Usually excavating takes place in rotting or dead wood as it is soft and easily excavated. There is a downside to this as rotting branches have the tendency to break or topple over.

Usually, one bird does the excavating while the mate hovers around keeping watch. The site may be the focal point of courtship rituals and changing shift may be part of this.

Check out our earlier posts on Coppersmith Barbets’ … HERE, HERE as well as those listed below.

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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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