Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS has added another bird species to the many that flock to a figging Ficus benjamina tree.
This is the Blue-eared Barbet (Megalaima australis duvaucelii-stuarti). Adults and juveniles (in different stages of plumage development) were seen feeding together with other birds in a tree growing along a trail through the mixed secondary and primary jungle of the Kledang-Sayong Forest Reserve in Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia. This was on 6th December 2013.
The two images posted here show juveniles, one swallowing a fig whole (after crushing it).