Friends in my garden- 67

White-cheeked Barbet

Waiting on the trellis in my terrace garden

This beautiful, predominantly green bird is a resident of South India.
I am lucky to have them around my house and they regularly visit to have a drink and bath on my terrace. Then, have a meal of Tinospora berries before disappearing into the green foliage of the tall trees nearby.
White-cheeked barbets (Psilopogon viridis) have brown head and characteristic white patterns on its face- white patch of plumage extending from beak to ears, white line above the eyes and white throat.
These are frugivorous birds. It is very rare to see them foraging on the ground.

Having a drink
A tasty meal of Tinospora berries

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