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: Psilopogon
Species: P. asiaticus
Binomial name
Psilopogon asiaticus
(Latham, 1790)
Synonyms

Cyanops davisoni
Megalaima asiaticus

The blue-throated barbet (Psilopogon asiaticus) 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 worldwide 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. The turquoise-throated barbet was formerly considered a subspecies.

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