Great Barbet has been traced in northern India and is a resident breeder of the region. It is described as a bird with short neck, large head and short tail. The adult is identified as having blue head, large yellow bill, brown back and breast, green-streaked yellow belly and red vent. The rest of the plumage is green. Its length ranges from 31to 33 cm and its weight ranges from 192 to 295 g. Great Barbet survives mainly on fruits and insects.
Brown-Headed Barbet is widespread in India as a resident breeder. With a length of about 27 cm, this bird is termed as relatively large. It has a short neck, large head and short tail. The adult Barbet is identified as having a streaked brown head, neck and breast and a yellow eye patch. The rest of the plumage of this bird is green. The bill is thick and red.
White-Cheeked Barbet has been found in southern India and is endemic to the forest areas of the Western Ghats and adjoining hills. Its head is brownish, streaked in white and its bill is pale pinkish. Its length ranges from 165 to185mm. These birds are primary cavity nesters, chiseling out the trunk or a vertical branch of tree with a round entry hole. This bird depends on the fruits of various Ficus species for survival.
Coppersmith Barbet is a resident bird of the Indian subcontinent. Its distinctive features are red forehead, yellow eye-ring and throat patch with streaked underside and green upperparts. It is very similar in size to the Malabar Barbet and has more rapid call. In fact, this bird is known for its metronomic call, which is very similar to the sound produced when a coppersmith strikes a metal with a hammer. This bird feeds on petals of flowers, berries, several drupes, etc.
Malabar Barbet has been traced in Western Ghats. It differs from the Coppersmith Barbet in terms of its crimson face and throat. Its call notes are more rapidly delivered than in the other species. This Barbet survives mainly on fruits, but sometimes consumes grubs, termites, ants and small caterpillars.
(Last Updated on : 09-01-2017)
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