Birds of Morni: Great Barbet

March 19, 2012

Great Barbet (Megalaima virens) is the largest barbet, a large multi-coloured, plump bird over a foot in length and weighing about 250 gm. It has a short neck and tail. It has a large blue head and a brown back and breast. The rest of the plumage is green. Bristles mark the fringe of the large yellow bill. The underparts are streaked with yellow and under-tail coverts are red. It roosts and nests inside tree holes excavated by it. The hole enters a vertical shaft that leads to a wider chamber. It flies short distances and may perch still for long periods. It feeds mainly on fruit and is often spotted on the Indian fig-tree. It is a resident of the lower to mid Himalayas.

Great Barbet, Bir Shikargarh, WLS

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