Little Blue-eared Barbet - Megalaima australis duvauclii Location : Zone C
This month of June has been rather special in that I have encountered three species of barbet within a week duration. First came the Brown Barbet, followed by the Many-coloured Barbet and today's sighting has been the Little Blue-eared Barbet. All seemed to be attracted to the ripe fruits of the Eugenia oleina tree. From my observation it is a small bird about 10 -12 cm long. It has a patch of red below the eye, a pale blue chin and throat, black bill and slightly greenish feet. Even though it is a common barbet in the lowlands of Sarawak or Borneo, today's sighting is a lifer for me. It came in as a pair, unlike the Many-coloured Barbet which came singly. I noticed its mate seemed to appear from nowhere to join company once its partner makes a call. The sighting of many barbets this June makes me think that probably June is the breeding season of these birds.
( Note: This is a re-posting from another blog of mine and the link ishere. )