Showing posts with label Barbet. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Barbet. Show all posts

Great Barbet (Megalaima virens) Pictures and Detail (Barbet with Loud Calls)

Great Barbet,
Great Barbet 

Great Barbet (Megalaima virens) Pictures and Detail


Today, I will introduce you to the third Barbet with whom I met a few days back. First, I introduced you to the Brown-headed Barbet and then with Blue-throated Barbet. Now, it is time to meet the Great Barbet or Great Hill Barbet with whom I met near Baijnath Town in Himachal Pradesh. In my village, it is very common to hear the loud noise of great barbet, though, we sometimes also hear the voice of blue-throated barbet too. They sometimes come very close the trees near my home and many times, I have seen them in groups too. 

Great Barbet, in Trees

I found its location through his sharp calls which you can listen from a distance. Great Barbet is an Asian Barbet and it is the biggest among all Barbets. Like the other barbets, it is also a plump bird with a short neck, big head, and short tail.

Great Barbet

Great Barbet can be easily seen sitting on the top of a tree and making constant loud calls. Their calls are so constant that they become an integral part of the surrounding.


Great Barbet, Barbet,
Great Barbet
Great Hill Barbet mainly eats insects and fruits like the other barbets. This bird is mainly found in the lower and middle ranges of the Himalayas and their range is from Pakistan to Laos and they are resident (non-migratory) birds.

Great Hill Barbet, Barbet,
Great Hill Barbet

We also found some subspecies of Great Barbets depending on the geographical locations. The size of this bird is 32-33 cm and weigh around 200-220 g.
Great Barbet
Great Barbet
Great Barbet,

Great Hill Barbet has a blue head, brown neck, and red vent. Rest of body is green in color. Like the other barbets, it also has a large yellow bill. Both male and female Great Barbets look similar.

Beautiful Great Barbet
Beautiful Great Barbet
They make their nests in the tree cavities or holes. The male adult Great Barbet makes loud calls of Pio-pio-pio-pio which you can hear from a long distance.

Blue-throated Barbet (Megalaima Asiatica) Picture and Detail (A Beautiful Tiny Colorful Bird)

Barbet, Blue Throated Barbet
Blue-throated Barbet 

Blue Throated Barbet (Megalaima asiatica) Picture and Detail


Last time, I introduced you to Brown-headed Barbet which I found in Punjab (India). This time, I meet with beautiful Blue-throated Barbet in Himachal Pradesh. This bird is more colorful than earlier Barbet. The Blue-throated Barbet is a slighter smaller Barbet than the Brown-headed Barbet; though, we can hear its calls from a distance.

Also Check Great Hill Barbet  (New) 

Barbet, Blue-throated Barbet, tree
Blue-throated Barbet
I found good numbers of Blue-throated Barbets on the tree which shows their sound population. These birds are shy in nature and mostly remain hidden behind the leaves. The scientific name of this bird is Megalaima Asiatica and it is an Asian Barbet bird with prominent color green on his body.

Head, Blue-headed Barbet
Head of Blue-headed Barbet

We can find the red color on the top (head) and blue color on the throat (which gives it name of Blue-throated Barbet). We can also see the black lines on the head of Blue-throated Barbet. You can also see the bristles around the strong bills on blue-throated Barbets. The male and female Blue-throated Barbet are alike. Their breeding season is from March to July.

This bird makes me follow it at many places to get some of its pictures. The blue-throated Barbet gets easily noticed when we look at his face and see the blue color. The best way to find this bird is to follow its calls.
Blue Throated Barbet,
Blue-throated Barbet Side
As a bird photographer, It was a nice experience for me to discover this bird and take its pictures. Blue-throated Barbet is a very innocent and calm bird and we mostly find it sitting at a single place only; though, they fear humans and may hide if felt threatened.
Blue-throated Barbet
Blue-Throated Barbet on Tree
They hide so well in trees that you may not know that one of the Barbet is above you. Like the Brown-headed Barbet they do eat fruits, seeds and insects. Blue-throated Barbet is a resident Himalayan bird and we can find it in countries like Pakistan, India, Nepal, China, Vietnam, Thailand, Laos.

They are mostly found in the forest who they may venture into cities in search of fruit trees. Blue-throated Barbets are very beautiful birds and It was nice experince to spend time with them. 

Brown-headed Barbet Pictures and Detail (A Fatty Green Bird with Brown Top)

Barnet, Brown-headed barbet,
Beautiful Brown-headed Barbet

Brown-headed Barbet Pictures and Detail


[Update 21/03/2015- Today, I got some new pictures of Brown Headed Barbet when I got the chance to spend some time with two of them. At the end of March, we can find most of birds in pairs and same is true for Brown Headed Barbet. From the morning, I was listening calls of Brown Headed Barbets so I followed these calls and got some new pics. This time, it looked that Brown headed Barbet has no objection to my presence and I got some wonderful pics. I wish that this breeding season goes well for the Brown Headed-Barbet and we see a new generation of them.

I was trying to get close to these birds from last three months and today was my lucky day.]

Also Check Blue-throated Barbet and Great Hill Barbet 

Brown-headed barbet, Back
Brown Headed Barbet from back

One day, I was taking pictures of birds, then I noticed a green bird flew near me. Earlier, the only green bird I was aware of being a Parrot. This bird is short as compared to a parrot and due to its green color sometimes, it becomes difficult to notice it. 

Brown-headed Barbet, Barbet,
Brown-headed Barbet
It is also hard to capture pictures of Brown-headed Barbet because it is a very shy and fearful bird. With just a small noise, it flew away from you. Though, I was lucky because I got two of its pictures and in the future, I hope to get more. 

When I studied more about this bird, then found that it is an Asian breed of Barbet. In general, we can find different kind of barbet birds around the world. 
Close up, Facem Brown Headed Barbet
Close up Face Brown Headed Barbet

Brown-headed Barbet, Wall
Brown-headed Barbet on the Wall

This green barbet is mainly found in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. This green specie  of Barbet mainly eats insects and fruits. 

The main characteristics of this bird are short neck, short tail and a big head. If we see its size, then looks like a small fatty bird. 

Back, Brown headed Barbet
Back of Brown headed Barbet



Video Presentation of Pictures of Brown-headed Barbet-