Thursday, April 29, 2010

Not a good day for this barbet


While working outside sometime ago, I heard a loud bang as something knocked into one of our house windows. When I went to have a look, I found this poor bird unconscious in a flower pot. It had flown directly into the tinted window (which reflected the very bright outdoors like a mirror since it was such a sunny day),... crashed and fell into the flower pot. I think it's a male Gaudy Barbet (Megalaima mystacophanus).


Good thing it fell into the pot too, as my cats were on the prowl! I hung up the pot out of reach of my cats. Slowly, the bird recovered from the concussion and after about an hour, it flew off.


The characteristic "took took took" call of barbets are often heard during the fruiting season in my area. They are especially fond of "jambu bol" (water apples) and, along with starlings and hanging parrots (lorikeets), are frequent visitors to our tree every year. Sadly, our tree is dying, affected by borers and termites.

Invisible stars circling its head… still recovering.

About an hour later, he’s about ready to fly off.


JK said...

Hi Sarawak Lens,

I feel sorry for the bird too. I've had two birds, a sparrow and a mynah, hitting my room's windows few years back.

Similar cases like yours , although not well-known in this part of the world, is currently big news in the US. Try Google "bird window collision" and you'll get lots of results. There are even large-scale campaigns to prevent further bird collision.

Check this informative link out:


Sarawakiana@2 said...

What a lovely bird and such a chance episode!!

I like your cats too...

This would really make good teaching aids for kids in school and teaching them how beautiful our natural world is!!


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