Blue-eared Barbet and Ficus benjamina figs

on 10th January 2014

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS has added another bird species to the many that flock to a figging Ficus benjamina tree.

This is the Blue-eared Barbet (Megalaima australis duvaucelii-stuarti). Adults and juveniles (in different stages of plumage development) were seen feeding together with other birds in a tree growing along a trail through the mixed secondary and primary jungle of the Kledang-Sayong Forest Reserve in Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia. This was on 6th December 2013.

The two images posted here show juveniles, one swallowing a fig whole (after crushing it).

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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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