Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Crimson-fronted Barbet (Megalaima rubricapillus)

Common breeding resident found in forests, open wooded areas, gardens and cultivation from wet lowlands to mid hills, and locale in the dry zone.  As all other barbets it is a fruit eater and out of the breeding season forms scattered flocks especially in the neighborhood of fruiting trees such as Bo, Nuga, etc. Otherwise it is mostly encounters as solitary birds or as pairs. The breeding season is from January to June and it lays 2-3 white eggs in a tree hole dug into the lower surface of a sloping branch rather than into an upright post. Some ornithologists consider Crimson-fronted Barbet as an endemic bird to Sri Lanka while others believe it as a proposed endemic which need to be verify taxonomically.

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