Coppersmith Barbet removing dead chick from nest

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Micky Lim a.k.a. limmick photographed an adult Coppersmith Barbet (Megalaima haemacephala indica) working hard pulling out a dead chick from its nesting hole. He was at Singapore’s Pasir Ris Park on 28th March 2011 when he witnessed the event.

The chick was naked and thus must have hatched only recently – a day or so ago? It must have died a natural death. Is there another chick in the nest?

This post is a cooperative effort between NaturePixels.org and BESG to bring the study of bird behaviour through photography to a wider audience.

Micky Lim
Singapore
June 2011

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