Birds of Morni: Brown-headed Barbet

Brown-headed Barbet/Large Green Barbet (Megalaima zeylanica) is a relatively large plump barbet with a large brown head, a short brown neck and a short tail. Rest of the plumage is green. A prominent yellow-orange eye patch makes the eye seem large and menacing. The bill is thick and red. It feeds on fruit (mango, papaya, banana etc) and insects. It nests in a tree hole that it generally excavates.Prominent stiff bristles around the base of the thick bill give the bird the name ‘Barbet’.Found on trees in gardens and wooded country.

Brown-headed Barbet (Courtesy Rajesh Pandey)
Brown-headed Barbet (Courtesy Rajesh Pandey)
Brown-headed Barbet (Courtesy Rajesh Pandey)