French: Guêpier à barbe bleue German: Blaubartspint Spanish: Abejaruco barbiazul
Jardine and Selby
Subspecies and Distribution
N. a. athertoni
(Jardine & Selby, 1828) –
India (Western Ghats, Eastern Ghats, C India to Bastar, S Himalayas and NE peninsula) E to Yunnan and Guangxi#R (S China) and Indochina (except SW).
N. a. brevicaudatus
(Koelz, 1939) – Hainan I.
31–35 cm; male 85–93 g, female 70–91 g. Forehead pale azure-blue; throat feathers long and broad, forming pendent beard, the feathers dark blue, grading to... read more
Utters a gruff, somewhat roller- or hornbill-like (but more complex and varied) “gga gga ggr... read more
Occupies middle storey of moist deciduous and thick secondary evergreen forest in foothills... read more
Food and feeding
Feeds mainly on flying insects, especially honeybees, carpenter-bees (Xylocopa), wasps including some measuring up to 4 cm, large... read more
Clutches found in Assam in Feb–May and Aug (nest excavation may commence as early as Dec), in Nepal in Apr–May and Oct, in... read more
Resident; in general appears to be sedentary, but seasonal fluctuations in numbers reported in... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Fairly common in lower Himalayas, W to Kotgarh; sparingly distributed in Myanmar, S along coast to Kyaikkami; uncommon or local in Thailand; two... read more
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