Coppersmith Barbet and Javan Myna at the nesting hole

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A Coppersmith Barbet (Megalaima haemacephala) was busy chiseling a nesting hole in a tree trunk when a pair of Javan Mynas (Acridotheres javanicus) flew in and chased it away.

BarbetCp-MynaJ nest hole

The mynas were curious and examined the hole, probably to see what was inside. “Or was it [the myna] looking to see if it could fit into that cavity?” wrote Sim Chip Chye.

The mynas were around for a while and the barbet took the opportunity to take a break from its chiseling work.

Barbets are primary cavity nesters. They only nest in newly excavated cavities. This is also the case with woodpeckers.

On the other hand mynas nest in every conceivable locations including open electrical boxes. They commonly hijack nests occupied by other birds – see HERE and HERE.

Sim Chip Chye
Singapore
14th February 2017

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