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Blue-eared Barbet – conflict behaviour

on 15th October 2021

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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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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