Ficus consociata: 5. Adult Blue-eared Barbet

on 2nd August 2012

Earlier posts on birds feeding on Ficus consociata can be viewed at these links: 1, 2, 3 and 4.

“One of the adults from the family group feeding on Ficus consociate. A composite is seen above and a handheld video is provided below.

“The rictal and nasal bristles are quite long relative to the bird (see Wells 1999). The juvenile (below left) has longer ones than the adults (below right).

“I had mentioned earlier that initially a family group comprising two adults and two self feeding juveniles of different maturity. Later another two adults came, which caused conflict over the fruit. The family group adults had not reacted to feeding by the Gold-whiskered Barbets or bulbuls. But when the two adults of the same species came, one of the family group adults became aggressive and attempted to chase them away numerous times. The adult also would cock its tails, raised up and down (see composite below) and utter a soft chittering sound for long periods. I recorded it many times (heard it 7-8 times) but the soft nature of the calls and nearby river made editing very difficult to process. One recording attached but has become a bit ‘metallic’ HERE.

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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