“A number of Blue-eared Barbets (Megalaima australis duvaucelii) came to feed on this Ficus consociate. Initially a family group of two adults and two self feeding juveniles of different maturity. Later another two adults came, which caused conflict over the fruit. I watched for close to 2.5 hours and gradually the first family group became comfortable with me and allowed close approaches.
“The fruit were large for them to handle (1.5 cm diameter) and they needed to peck the fruit to break the skin and then pull off pieces in bits (piece meal).
“The above images show the youngest of the family group – a juvenile with almost no colour changes in the plumage feasting on the figs. There is some blue in the tail.
“A short handheld video of the feeding shown below:”
Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Kledang-Sayong Forest Reserve, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Outer reaches of forest reserve, trail through mixed secondary & primary forest
30th April 2012