Great Barbet

Great Barbet

(Megalaima virens)

(Great Barbet at Sarahan)

Size(32-35cm): It is the largest of all Barbets.

Area: Himalayas except Northern Jammu and Kashmir.

Habitat: They can be found anywhere in the Himalayan region.

My two words: It is a plumpy Barbet with a large yellow bill. It has a glossy bluish-black head. The belly is green and yellow while the back and breast are brown. It also has a red vent. The remaining body is green.

Solitary for most of the time. Both the sexes are alike. The immature birds are also more or less like the adult birds.

They breed in lower and middle Himalayas. They usually nest between April-June. The nest is a hole in a tree where the eggs are laid. Parental duties are done by both the sexes. 

This species of Barbets is found in India and in East till about Laos and Cambodia.

They feed chiefly on fruits and figs but may sometimes feed on insects.

(Great Barbet feeding)

Its call, peeho-peeho, seems like it is mourning over something.

Not a common sighting but also not a rare one.

~Arjun Basandrai

1 thought on “Great Barbet

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.