Ficus consociata: 4. Juvenile Blue-eared Barbet

on 29th July 2012

Earlier posts on birds feeding on Ficus consociata can be viewed at these links: 1, 2 and 3.

“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

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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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3 Responses

  1. Wow I did not know you are into this things. Birds are lovely things to watch. New Zealand is a country where we take extreme care to ensure that species survives for future generations enjoyment.

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