White-cheeked Barbet

Indian Bird: White-cheeked Barbet:

The white-cheeked barbet or small green barbet (Psilopogon Viridis) is a species of barbet found in the southern part of India.
This species looks pretty much the same as the most common brown-headed barbet (or large green barbet) (Psilopogon zeylanica) but this species has a distinctive supercilium and a broad white cheek stripe below the eye and is endemic to the forest areas of the Western Ghats and adjoining hills.
The brown-headed barbet has an orange eye-ring but the calls are very similar and the two species occur together in some of the drier
forests to the east of the Western Ghats. Like all other Asian Barbets, they are mainly frugivorous although they may
sometimes eat insects and they use their bills to excavate nest cavities in trees.

Near my apartment, there are 2-3 pairs of them. Every morning I hear there Kot-roo-Kot chirping sounds. Because of there color, it’s very hard to spot them.

White-cheeked Barbet

White Cheeked Barbet








Scientific classification:
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Piciformes
Family: Megalaimidae
Genus: Psilopogon
Species: P. Viridis

The white-cheeked barbet is 16.5–18.5 cm (6.5–7.3 in) in length. It has a brownish head streaked with white, sometimes giving it a capped appearance.
The bill is pale pinkish. Size varies from the larger northern birds to the southern ones. During the breeding season which begins at the start of summer, their calls become loud and constant especially in the mornings.

Because of its green color and small size, they are hardly visible. natural camouflage :).

These birds call is very unique Kot-roo … Kot-roo and mostly you can hear them in the early morning time.

If you want to see it in action watch it below:

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Check out other birds of similar size but different nature – White-Throated kingfisher

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