Blue-eared Barbet – conflict behaviour

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Many barbets at the fruiting Ficus religiosa (Sacred Fig) especially the Blue-eared Barbets Megalaima australis duvaucelii (Psilopogon duvaucelii duvaucelii) (10-12 birds), Gold-whiskered Barbet Megalaima chrysopogon (8-9 birds) and an occasional Lineated Barbet Psilopogon lineatus and Coppersmith Barbet Megalaima haemacephala.

There was much competitive feeding between Blue-eared Barbets with birds chasing others away. I noticed again this type of conflict behaviour that I had seen in the past: A barbet will raise the tail in a cocked position, flick it rapidly side to side or up and down while uttering a chittering sound. This can go on for long periods.


Amar-Singh HSS (Dato’ Dr)

Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia


Location: Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Habitat: Fringe of primary forest

Date: 28th November 2020

Equipment: Equipment: Nikon D500 SLR with Nikon AF-S Nikkor 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR, handheld with Rode VideoMic Pro Plus Shotgun Microphone


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