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Blue-throated Barbet

Megalaima asiatica


Blue-throated Barbet is an Asian barbet. Seen across the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia. Very colourful chunky looking bird. Primarily green in colour. Blue face and throat with red patch on sides of throat. Red crown with yellow and black bands on forehead. Has a thick stout large bill with increasing black towards tip. Prominent bristles and short tail. Males and females look alike. Breeding season usually starts in March and goes on until July. Eats fruits and insects.


Montane evergreen forests, deciduous forests, gardens, orchards, cities with fruiting trees. They excavate a nest hole often on the underside of a dead branch.


Also called Blue- breasted Barbet, Blue-cheeked Barbet, Turquoise-throated Barbet

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SukanyaDatta 5 years ago

Good to have you back, Pampa. Looking forward to your Kolakham birds.

Animalia 5 years ago

Absolutely beautiful.

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Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Spotted on Mar 7, 2015
Submitted on Mar 7, 2015

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