Crimson-fronted Barbets - also known as Ceylon Small Barbets or Small Barbets

 
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Crimson-fronted Barbet (Megalaima rubricapillus) - also known as Ceylon Small Barbet or Small Barbet

 

Ceylon Small Barbet or Small Barbet (Megalaima rubricapillus) The Crimson-fronted Barbets (Megalaima rubricapillus) - also known as Ceylon Small Barbets or Small Barbets - are endemic to the open woodlands of Sri Lanka off southern coast of the Indian subcontinent.

 

Description

These plump barbets averge 15 cm or ~6 inches in length. They have short necks, large heads and short tails.

The plumage is mostly green. There is a blue band down the side of the head and neck, and a black crescent behind the eye. Distinctive bristles fringe their heavy bills.

 

Diet / Feeding

They primarily feed on fruits, but will also eat a wide range of insects, such as ants, cicadas, dragonflies, crickets, locusts, beetles, moths and mantids.

 

Breeding / Nesting

They nest in tree holes and hens usually lay 2 to 4 eggs, which are incubated for 13 to 15 days.

Crimson-fronted Barbets (Megalaima rubricapillus) - also known as Ceylon Small Barbets or Small Barbets

Crimson-fronted Barbet (Megalaima rubricapillus) - also known as Ceylon Small Barbet or Small Barbet


 

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