Gold-whiskered Barbet nesting

on 16th April 2014

“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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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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