My house is at the corner lot, close to a small stream.
There are a lot of banana and papaya trees grow at the river bank, apart from Bamboo Grass (Thysanolaena maxima). Naturally this attract a lot of birds, such as Yellow-vented Bulbul, Mynas, Glosy Starling, Black-nape Oriole, etc.
One particular bird that attract my attention this week is this Coppersmith Barbet. For two weeks I notice them to be more active with that familiar “tut-tut-tut” call. They also carry fruits/berries at their beak. So, it is the courtship+ mating time now. I posted here a few frames of photo that I manage to shot. All of them of only record shots quality.
Male fly in, female waiting below.
The male’s sperm, produced in the testes, passes to the cloaca where it is stored until copulation (act of sex). The female also has a cloaca that leads from the ovaries. The female bird unfans her tail, moves it to one side while the male climbs up onto her back or gets close to her. Their cloacas are pressed together and the sperm moves from the male to the female
CopperSmith Barbet, more info.
Barbet mating from the net, here, by DAISY O’NEILL of Penang.
CopperSmith nesting by Tang Hung Bun here,
and CopperSmith chick manual feeding (Input by Chiu Sein Chiong; images by Ooi Beng Yean and Phang Chee Mun) here.