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Taiwan Barbet Megalaima nuchalis   - Behaviour
Taiwan Barbet
Photographer : © Daisy O'Neill
Location :National Science Museum of Natural History, Taichung City, Taiwan
Date : 29 February 2016
English synonyms:Black-browed Barbet
Bird Family :Megalaiminae - Asian barbets
Red Data Status :Least Concern
Remarks :Glass panels of the front of the Museum were a fascination to this Barbet, who saw itself reflected and started to attack the image fervently in different directions. When exhausted, it took to skeletal tree branch and repeated the sequence again and again. After more than half an hour of video recording/observation, I gave up as bird was still at it. - DO'N

Hans Peeters comments:
This barbet is a territorial male that is attacking his reflection in the window, mistaking it for another male that has intruded on his territory. This behaviour is common in a great variety of male birds which can be seen assaulting rear view mirrors, all manner of windows, and even highly polished painted surfaces.

Taxonomic Notes :Monotypic species endemic to Taiwan.

Formerly considered conspecific with Black-browed Barbet Megalaima oorti but now elevated to full species status following Collar, N.J. (2006) A taxonomic reappraisal of the Black-browed Barbet Megalaima oorti. Forktail 22:170-173.

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