Category Archives: Birds beyond India

World Bee-eaters

The color green predominates the plumage of all the bee-eaters found in India. However there are bee-eaters with plumage color that is very different. Come, let us meet some exotic bee-eaters! Although their colors are different, you will still notice that their overall appearance i.e. bill shape, body etc are very much bee-eater like, at least, most of the time!

Merops nubicoidesPhoto Courtesy of  Tarique Sani  @ Botswana, Nov 2010
Meet the the lovely Southern carmine bee-eater from Africa, dressed in reddish-pink! Continue reading

World Barbets

All barbets play the important ecological role as seed dispersers in forests.

Asian Barbets
The family Megalaimidae has 26 species living in wooded areas from Tibet to Indonesia. You are already familiar with some of the Megalaimidae family barbets found in India like the coppersmith barbet,lineated barbet etc.
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Coppersmith barbet Photo1 Courtesy of Akshay Charegaonkar, Photo2 Courtesy of Ron Knight
Lineated barbet
Photo1 Courtesy of Vijay Anand Ismavel, Photo2 Courtesy of J.M. Garg

Now let us venture out to the wider world of exotic barbets!!!

African Barbets
The Lybiidae is a bird family containing the African barbets.There are 42 species.They are found throughout sub-Saharan Africa, with the exception of the far south-west of South Africa. Here are some of the interesting species of African barbets just to kindle your curiosity.
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Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird
Photo Courtesy of  Derek Keats




         white-headed barbet


White-headed Barbet
Photo Courtesy of  Peter Steward




 double toothed barbet


Double-toothed Barbet
Photo Courtesy of  Peter Steward



American Barbets
American barbets, family Capitonidae, are birds which inhabit humid forests in Central and South America. They are closely related to the toucans.The diet of barbets is  dominated by fruit. They also take insects and other small prey.
Red-headed Barbet


Red-headed Barbet
Photo Courtesy of  Rafy Rodriguez



Toucan Barbets
The toucan-barbets, family Semnornithidae contains only two species.The Semnornis toucan-barbets are found in the Neotropics.They are social, and may be seen in small groups of up to five or six individuals, or as singles.The diet of these two species are made up of fruits and insects.
Toucan barbet


Toucan Barbet
Photo Courtesy of  Jerry Oldenettel



Barbet page @ wikipedia and its links