Gold-whiskered Barbet nesting

“Gold-whiskered Barbet (Megalaima chrysopogon laeta) nesting. The nest was located at the fringe of primary forest in a Durian Tree (Durio zibethinus) (above). It was excavated 7-8 meters in the dead branch of the tree. Further up were two more freshly excavated holes. Wells (Wells, D.R., 1999. The birds of the Thai-Malay Peninsular. Vol. I, Non-passerines. Academic Press, London. 648 pp.) suggests that ‘extra holes are dug in the same of neighbouring trees, apparently as roost’. One previous nest I observed was in May 2012 approximately 13-14 meters up, was also with extra holes.

“I stayed 20-25 meters away hidden in some undergrowth under a tree and watched 5 feeding visits over 30 minutes (above).

“Prey was predominantly large insects (above).

“Twice I saw the adult leave the nest with waste material (above).”

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
3rd April 2014

Location: Kledang-Sayong Forest Reserve, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Trail through disturbed forest at the fringe of primary forest

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