Gold-whiskered Barbet – courtship feeding?

“Many times important observations have no images to be offered as evidence. Just the event seen by naked eye/opticals. Saw a pair of Gold-whiskered Barbets (Megalaima chrysopogon laeta) – dark under foliage. I was surprised when one hopped over to the other and gave it a feed. They then spotted me and the one who fed (dominant) flew to a nearby tall tree and began to call out repeatedly. Soon the second bird joined it. The calls continued.

“I considered feeding of a juvenile but both looked mature (see poor image attached above, dominant bird on left). Possible courtship feeding.

“Calls are described as ‘ketob’ repeatedly at about 25 per 10 seconds (see Dr Wells 1999). These calls were shorter in duration (17 and 14 calls). One audio recording of calls attached with an image of calls from audacity software (above). There are two parts to the call as can be seen by the image ‘ke’ and ‘tob’.”

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Kledang-Sayong Forest Reserve, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
(A trail with some secondary forest surrounded by primary forest)
9th June 2011

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