French: Barbu à tête brune German: Braunkopf-Bartvogel Spanish: Barbudo cabecipardo
J. F. Gmelin
Subspecies and Distribution
P. z. caniceps
(Franklin, 1831) – S Nepal#R and N India (Punjab and Uttar Pradesh S to N Maharashtra, Odisha and Bihar).
P. z. inornatus
(Walden, 1870) – CW & SW India (Maharashtra, Goa and Karnataka).
P. z. zeylanicus
(J. F. Gmelin, 1788) – S India (Kerala, S Tamil Nadu) and Sri Lanka.
25–28 cm; 108–140 g. Large, streaky green and brown barbet. Both sexes of nominate race with prominent pale streaks on brown head, mantle and breast; throat brown... read more
Song starts with trilling, then double “po-kok” or “too-kkak” notes in long... read more
Forest, neither very wet nor very dry, also edges, gardens and tree plantations, deciduous woods... read more
Food and feeding
Feeds on fruits, especially figs, Syzygium fruits, and berries, including those of coffee, and also tomatoes and garden fruits;... read more
Feb–Oct. Both sexes sing simultaneously, and countersing with others. Nest, excavated by both adults, at 2–15 m in tree or... read more
Resident; makes only local movements to fruiting trees, orchards.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common in much of India; locally fairly common in W Nepal; common in Sri Lanka. Aggressive and somewhat adaptable barbet. Has been reported... read more
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