Coppersmith Barbet’s courtship feeding

on 2nd March 2017

Zhang Licong’s video below documents an interesting aspect of courtship feeding by a pair of Coppersmith Barbets (Megalaima haemacephala)… “It is interesting to note the male held fruits in his beak during the process [of copulation] and fed the female after the act.”

An earlier post shows the male Coppersmith Barbet passing a fruit to the female and then return to claim his prize. In another instance, the male barbet indulged in two copulating sessions for the price of one fruit, although he had two pieces in his bill.

Courtship feeding is also seen in koels, hornbills, kingfishers, bee-eaters, munias, cuckoos, doves and many others yet to be documented.

Zhang Licong
10th February 2017

This post is a cooperative effort between Birds, Insects N Creatures Of Asia and BESG to bring the study of birds and their behavior through photography and videography to a wider audience.

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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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