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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