Golden-throated barbet

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Golden-throated barbet
Golden-throated Barbet Sikkim India 10.05.2014.jpg
Specie Megalaima franklinii franklinii photographed from Pangolakha Wildlife Sanctuary, Sikkim, India
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Piciformes
Family: Megalaimidae
Genus: Megalaima
Species: M. franklinii
Binomial name
Megalaima franklinii
(Blyth, 1842)
Synonyms

Cyanops ramsayi

Megalaima franklinii

The golden-throated barbet (Megalaima franklinii) is an Asian barbet. Barbets are a group of near passerine birds with a worldwide tropical distribution. They get their name from the bristles which fringe their heavy bills.

The golden-throated barbet is a resident breeder in the hills from northeast India east to southwestern China, Malaysia and Vietnam. It is a species of broadleaf evergreen forest from 900–2565 m altitude. It nests in a tree hole.

This barbet is 20.5-23.5 cm in length. It is a plump bird, with a short neck, large head and short tail. The bill is dark, and the body plumage is green, but the subspecies have different head patterns. The adult northern nominate form has a red and yellow crown, black eyestripe, white lower face neck, and yellow throat. The sexes are similar, but the juvenile is duller with a weaker head pattern.

  • M. f. franklinii, the nominate race, occurs from India east to northern Laos and southwestern China,
  • M. f. ramsayi is found in central and eastern Myanmar and northern and western Thailand. It has a grey lower throat and grey-streaked black ear coverts.
  • M. f. trangensis occurs in peninsular Thailand. It resembles the nominate form.
  • M. f. minor occurs in the mountains of Malaysia. It resembles the nominate form, but has some blue behind the ear coverts.
  • M. f. auricularis is found in the highlands of southern and central Cambodia, central Laos and Vietnam. It resembles the nominate form, but has some blue behind the ear coverts.

The male’s territorial call is a very loud pukwowk.

Fraser's Hill, Malaysia 1997


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