Blue-throated barbet

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Blue-throated barbet
Blue-throated Barbet (Megalaima asiatica) in Kolkata I IMG 7592.jpg
In Kolkata, West Bengal, India.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Piciformes
Family: Megalaimidae
Genus: Megalaima
Species: M. asiatica
Binomial name
Megalaima asiatica
(Latham, 1790)

Cyanops davisoni

In Kolkata, West Bengal, India
M. a. davisoni (top), illustration by Joseph Smit, 1891

The blue-throated barbet (Megalaima asiatica) is an Asian barbet having bright green, blue & red plumage, seen across the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia. Barbets and toucans are a group of near passerine birds with a world-wide tropical distribution. The barbets get their name from the bristles which fringe their heavy bills; this species eats fruits and insects. They frequent evergreen forests, deciduous forests, gardens, orchards, teak forests and cities with fruiting trees.