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Great Barbet

Megalaima virens


The Great Barbet (Megalaima virens) is an Asian barbet. Barbets are a group of near passerine birds with a worldwide tropical distribution. They get their name from the bristles which fringe their heavy bills. The Great Barbet is a resident breeder in the lower-to-middle altitudes of the Himalayas, ranging across northern India, Nepal and Bhutan, and some parts of Southeast Asia as far away as Laos. It is a species of broadleaf evergreen woodlands at 600-2,565 m altitude. It nests in a tree hole. This is the largest barbet at 31–33 cm (12–13 in) in length and a weight of 192–295 g (6.8–10.4 oz).[2] It is a plump bird, with a short neck, large head and short tail.


The Edward Youde Aviary (尤德觀鳥園) is a 3,000-square-metre (32,000 sq ft) aviary built over a natural valley at the southern corner of Hong Kong Park which is located in Central at the bottom of the north eastern slope of Victoria Peak in Hong Kong. It has a highest point of 46.5 metres (153 ft) and a lowest point of 30 metres (98 ft) above sea level. This walk-though aviary features a collection of 800 birds representing 100 species indigenous to Southeast Asia, Indonesia, and New Guinea.

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1 Comment

XXD17 11 years ago

Great barbet

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南區 Southern District, 香港 Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR

Spotted on Mar 14, 2013
Submitted on Mar 20, 2013

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