Red-throated Barbet – feeding on custard apple

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I went back to an old run-down orchard at the city-fringe where I had seen barbets feeding. Observed both the male and female adult Red-throated Barbets (Megalaima mystacophanos mystacophanos) feeding on the custard Apple fruit Annona squamosa; very confiding even at 3-4 meters.

Came repeatedly to self-feed as well as collect fruit for young (nesting). Both parents took turns to feed, then fill the beak with the soft, ripe fruit and fly back to the nest. This happened many times over 1.5 hours.

Other birds also came to feed including the Yellow-vented Bubuls, Black-naped Orioles and Asian Glossy Starlings.

Amar-Singh HSS (Dato’ Dr) – Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Location: Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Habitat: Semi-urban environment

Date: 18th June 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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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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