Crimson-fronted barbet

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Crimson-fronted barbet
Sri Lanka
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Piciformes
Family: Megalaimidae
Genus: Psilopogon
Species: P. rubricapillus
Binomial name
Psilopogon rubricapillus
(Gmelin, 1788)

Megalaima rubricapilla

The crimson-fronted barbet or Ceylon small barbet or small barbet (Psilopogon rubricapillus) is an Asian barbet endemic to Sri Lanka. The Malabar barbet endemic to the Western Ghats of India used to be treated as a subspecies of this species.[2] 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.


The crimson-fronted barbet is an arboreal species of open woodland which eats fruit and insects. It nests in a tree hole, laying 2-4 eggs.

This is a small barbet at 15 cm. It is a plump bird with a short neck, large head and short tail. The adult crimson-fronted barbet has a mainly green body and wing plumage, a blue band down the side of the head and neck, and a black crescent behind the eye.

In culture[edit]

In Sri Lanka, this bird is known as heen kottoruwa-හීන් කොට්ටෝරුවා in Sinhala language. Risadi