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Lineated Barbet Megalaima lineata hodgsoni   - Feeding behaviour
Lineated Barbet
Photographer : © Amar-Singh HSS
Location :Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Date : 15 August 2018
English synonyms:Green Barbet, Grey-headed Barbet
Bird Family :Megalaiminae - Asian Barbets
Red Data Status :Least Concern
Remarks :The flowering and fruiting Malayan Mistletoe (Dendrophthae pentandra) attracts many birds including:
Blue-winged Leafbird (Chloropsis cochinchinensis moluccensis) nectar & fruit
Crimson Sunbird (Aethopyga siparaja siparaja) nectar & fruit
Brown-throated Sunbird (Anthreptes malacensis malacensis) - nectar
Little Spiderhunter (Arachnothera longirostra cinereicollis) - nectar
Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker (Dicaeum cruentatum cruentatum) nectar & fruit
Yellow-vented Flowerpecker (Dicaeum chrysorrheum chrysorrheum) fruit
Yellow-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus goiavier analis) - nectar
Red-eyed Bulbul (Pycnonotus brunneus brunneus) - nectar
Jungle Myna (Acridotheres fuscus torquatus) - nectar
Lineated Barbet (Megalaima lineata hodgsoni) came to the Malayan Mistletoe repeatedly (four time) once there were four birds together. They were very shy and did not feed in the open but in the thick mass of the mistletoe. I am uncertain if they took nectar or fruit. Fruit is probably the main item but I always keep an open mind as to other options (the nectar of this plant seems very attractive to many birds.
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