Gold-whiskered Barbet – close up view of crown

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BarbetGldWh [AmarSingh] 1

“Another of the many birds that came to feed on oil palm fruit (Elaeis guineensis) was the Gold-whiskered Barbet (Megalaima chrysopogon chrysopsis) (above).

BarbetGldWh [AmarSingh] 2

“The above image offers a close up view of the crown. The forecrown is yellow and the hindcrown should be red. What is odd in this bird is the hindcrown is largely blue with a sprinkling of red centrally. The bird was mature both in appearance and behaviour, so I do not think this is due to immaturity.

BarbetGldWh [AmarSingh] 3

“I have looked at images posted of birds from Borneo both in Oriental Bird Images and Borneo Bird Images, and more blue is present than expected but not as much as this bird.

BarbetGldWh [AmarSingh] 4

“The Peninsular Malaysia birds (M. c. laetus) do have some blue at the sides of the crown but not as prominent as this bird. Perhaps the bird is moulting or M. c. chrysopsis have a blue crown variation?

“Appreciate any opinions from those who have watched this bird in Borneo.

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
2nd May 2016

Location: Sepilok, Sandakan, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia
Habitat: Secondary growth

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