White-cheeked barbet

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White-cheeked barbet
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Piciformes
Family: Megalaimidae
Genus: Psilopogon
P. viridis
Binomial name
Psilopogon viridis
(Boddaert, 1783) Type locality: Mahé

Bucco viridis, Thereiceryx viridis, Megalaima viridis

The white-cheeked barbet or small green barbet (Psilopogon viridis) is bird. It is an Asian barbet. It lives in southern India. It looks like the brown-headed barbet (or large green barbet) (Psilopogon zeylanica) but it has a different supercilium and a broad white cheek stripe below the eye. It lives in forests in the Western Ghats and other hills near the Western Ghats.

These birds eat mainly fruits, but also sometimes eat insects. These birds rarely visit the ground, obtaining their water from their fruit diet.They live in hollows of trees. Their call is a kutroo - kutroo. They also live in Bangalore.

Behaviour and description[change | change source]

They are identified by their white cheek, also giving them their name. They are hard to spot, as they are green and look very much like a leaf. They also sit still and upright.They sometimes are found in small groups in fruiting trees, along with other fruit-eating birds (frugivores) like green pigeons, bulbuls and mynas. They live in broadleaved forests, gardens and groves.

References[change | change source]

  1. BirdLife International (2016). "Psilopogon viridis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016: e.T22681603A92913200.
  • Birds of the Indian Subcontinent, Oxford University Press, Helm Field Guides-2010