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Brown-headed Barbet

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Subspecies P. z. zeylanicusPhoto by Andrew SGarden of Culture Club Hotel, Sri Lanka, November 2003
Subspecies P. z. zeylanicus
Photo by Andrew S
Garden of Culture Club Hotel, Sri Lanka, November 2003
Psilopogon zeylanicus


[edit] Identification

25–28 cm (9¾-11 in)

  • Green plumage
  • Streaked brown head, neck and breast
  • Yellow eye patch
  • Heavy conical red bill

Sexes similar

[edit] Distribution

Asia: found in Nepal, Pakistan, India, Eastern and Western Himalayas, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

[edit] Taxonomy

Subspecies P. z. canicepsPhoto by Alok TewariUrban Garden, Delhi, India, May-2013
Subspecies P. z. caniceps
Photo by Alok Tewari
Urban Garden, Delhi, India, May-2013

Sometimes placed in the genus Megalaima.

[edit] Subspecies

There are 3 subspecies[1]:

  • P. z. inornatus:
  • West-central and south-western India (Maharashtra, Goa and Karnataka)
  • P. z. caniceps:
  • P. z. zeylanicus:

[edit] Habitat

Open forests and forest edges, woodlands and gardens.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

A fruit-eating bird of the canopy, also eats insects.

[edit] Breeding

The nest is in a tree hole. The clutch consists of 2-4 eggs.

[edit] Vocalisation

Call: loud, persistant kutro-kutroo

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Recording by Alok Tewari
Haridwar, India India, June-2015

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from
  2. Avibase
  3. Wikipedia
  4. BF Member observations

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