Yellow-fronted barbet

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Yellow-fronted barbet
Megalaima flavifrons 1.jpg
In Sinharaja Forest Reserve, Sri Lanka
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Piciformes
Family: Megalaimidae
Genus: Psilopogon
Species: P. flavifrons
Binomial name
Psilopogon flavifrons
(Cuvier, 1816)
Synonyms

Megalaima flavifrons

The yellow-fronted barbet (Psilopogon flavifrons) is an Asian barbet which is an endemic resident breeder in Sri Lanka. 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.

Yellow-fronted barbet is an arboreal species of forests and other woodland, including large gardens, which eats mainly small fruit and only rarely insects. It nests in a tree hole, laying 2-3 eggs.

This is a medium-sized barbet at 21 cm. It is a plump bird, with a short neck, large head and short tail. The adult yellow-fronted barbet has a mainly green body and wing plumage, with a scaly appearance to the breast. It has a blue face and throat, and a yellow crown and moustachial stripes.

The call is a rolling kow-kow-kow-kow.

In culture[edit]

In Sri Lanka, this bird is known as mukalang kottoruwa - මූකලන් කොට්ටෝරුවා in Sinhala language.[2] Yellow-fronted barbet appears in a 5 rupee Sri Lankan postal stamp,[3]

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