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Blue-throated Barbet

Psilopogon asiaticus


Very colourful. Mostly green with a blue throat (hence, the name) and a red crown. It has a nice call. Bill is yellowish with darkened free end. Like all barbet, there are bristles at the end of the beak.


Urban residential area. It was on a tree about four houses removed from mine. I shot it from my terrace on a foggy morning. Managed to take 3 or 4 shots because of the zoom. It spotted me and flew away.


A couple of years back there was a dead tree just outside my house and a Blue-throated barbet nested in a cavity it drilled in it. Apparently soft, rotting wood is easy to drill. That tree is now gone; and with it my colourful morning companion.

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Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Spotted on Dec 16, 2020
Submitted on Dec 16, 2020

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