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White-cheeked Barbet

Megalaima viridis

Description:

The White-cheeked Barbet or Small Green Barbet (Megalaima viridis) is a species of barbet found in southern India. It is very similar to the more widespread Brown-headed Barbet (or Large Green Barbet) (Megalaima zeylanica) but this species has a distinctive supercilium and a broad white cheek stripe below the eye and is endemic to the forest areas of the Western Ghats and adjoining hills. The Brown-headed Barbet has an orange eye-ring but the calls are very similar and the two species occur together in some of the drier forests to the east of the Western Ghats. Like all other Asian barbets they are mainly frugivorous although they may sometimes eat insects and they use their bills to excavate nest cavities in trees.



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White-cheeked Barbet
Megalaima viridis


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3 Comments

namitha
namitha 6 years ago

Beautiful shot!

Hema
Hema 7 years ago

lovely

AnilKumar
AnilKumar 7 years ago

Thank you Lenny :)

AnilKumar
Spotted by
AnilKumar

Ernakulam, Kerala, India

Lat: 9.67, Long: 76.35

Spotted on Jan 20, 2013
Submitted on Jan 28, 2013

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