White cheeked barbet

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Introduction[change | change source]

A White Cheeked Barbet in Bangalore, India

The White Cheeked Barbet (Psilopogon Virdis) is a species of barbets found in Southern India. It is endemic to the Western Ghats and surrounding areas. 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 have also established themselves 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]

Birds of the Indian Subcontinent, Oxford University Press, Helm Field Guides-2010

White Cheeked Barbet-Wikipedia