The mountain barbet (Psilopogon monticola) is a species of bird in the family Megalaimidae. It is endemic to the Southeast Asian island of Borneo. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.
They resemble female Red-throated Barbets - except, they have smaller bills and lack the red spot at the base of the rictal bristles ("whiskers") on each side of the upper bill.
Diet and Breeding
Mountain Barbets primarily feed on fruits, but will also eat a wide range of insects, such as ants, cicadas, dragonflies, crickets, locusts, beetles, moths and mantids.
These birds nest in tree holes and hens usually lay 2 to 4 eggs, which are incubated for 13 to 15 days.
- BirdLife International (2012). "Psilopogon monticola". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
- Phillipps, Quentin & Phillipps, Karen (2011). Phillipps’ Field Guide to the Birds of Borneo. Oxford, UK: John Beaufoy Publishing. ISBN 978-1-906780-56-2.
- Web, Avian (2014-02-18). "Mountain Barbets". Beauty Of Birds. Retrieved 2016-07-13.
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