Friends in My Garden- 10

White-cheeked Barbet

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White-cheeked Barbet…having a drink on my terrace

White-cheeked barbet or small green barbet (Psilopogon viridis) is an inhabitant of South India. With their beautiful green plumage, they are difficult to be detected among the foliage.

These medium sized birds, white-cheeked barbets are generally solitary; however they are seen in pairs during breeding season. They are cavity nesters, fruit eaters and may enjoy a meal of insects as the situation demands.

Seen on trees around my home, they land on my terrace for a drink during summer days. Sometimes enjoy a bath also!

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A typical pose- juvenile
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Adult white-cheeked barbet