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Blue-throated Barbet

Megalaima asiatica


They are between 9 - 11 inches (23 - 28 cm) long, including tail; and weigh between 2.7 - 3.6 oz (78 - 103 g). Males and females look alike. Young birds have an overall duller plumage.


They frequent montane evergreen forest and deciduous forests, gardens, orchards, teak forests and cities with fruiting trees.


Seen near the access road into Kaeng Krachan National Forest, Thailand. AS a rule, most barbets inhabit the upper crown of very tall trees and are therefore very difficult to photograph. In this case, I was on the main access road where the hillside was very steep, putting the crowns of some trees at eye level with the road, thereby making the crowns more easily accessed.

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จังหวัดเพชรบุรี, Thailand

Spotted on Mar 10, 2013
Submitted on Jul 23, 2014

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