Red-crowned Barbet

Red-crowned Barbet by Ck Leong

Many birders have complained of the difficulty of finding the Red-crowned Barbet Megalaima rafflesii. I believe this is because most birders, including myself, seldom go birding in disturbed secondary forest where this is a common bird. On quite a few occasions, I have seen this barbet and also Blue-eared and Gold-whiskered barbets feeding on the ripe fruits of the Vitex (Verbenaceae) and other fruiting plants which are commonly found in secondary scrub.


  1. horukuru says:

    Nice cleaned perch my friend 🙂

  2. Rose Ragai says:

    Hi CK Leong…..i found out that Barbet is one of the bird that very difficult to spot because they didn’t move so much while they perch even though they make a very loud calls. Besides, they are green and hiding in between of leaves. But this bird is really cool. :)…nice shot!

  3. CK Leong says:

    Hi Rose, I got lucky with this barbet as it was feeding on a low tree. Agree with u, they are tricky. Cheers, Ck

  4. Rainer Stoll says:

    Hi CK Leong,

    i found the bird in Bako NP close to the entrance.



  5. CK Leong says:

    A super bird !

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