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|Small Green Barbet or White Cheeked Barbet(Megalaima viridis) small bird about the size of a Myna with grass green colour and brown head with a white cheek stripe.It's breast is white streaked with brown. Both male and female look alike. It is extremely difficult to spot theis bird because of its colour. It is commonly seen in the evergreen and moist deciduous forests of the hills and plains of southern India.They are usually seen in pairs or parties.They eat fruits, figs,and berries.They also take flying termites in mid-air.|
Like Wood peckers, the Small Green Barbet also has the first and third fingers bending backwards and the second and third bending frontwards. It helps them to have a better grip while holding on to the trunk of a tree. But unlike woodpeckers they don't like clinging to the bark of the tree , but prefer to perch crosswise in typical passerine manner.The only time it clings to the bark of the tree is when it excavates a hole in the rotten branch .
Nesting season is mainly December to June.They lay usually three or sometimes four eggs. Both parents share the parental duties.
Taken today at Kodanad when I came across it feasting on the ripe papaya. The shot was taken with Nikon D80,80-400mm D ED AF VR, handheld.Picture cropped, resized for TE and slight colour adjustments done in Adobe photoshop CS.
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- [2007-09-09 8:05]
Hello Sukumaran, that's a good picture of that beautiful bird caught with its meal ! Good composition, great colors and good background. A bit soft on the head of the bird but a good shot nonetheless. Thanks,
Nice shot of this little bird!