Blue-Throated Barbet (Megalaima asiatica)

This bird is so colorful that its hard to miss it when among the woods, but once inside dense foliage, no matter how hard you try, you wont be able to spot it. Perhaps Blue-throated Barbet’s colorful head will be of help in this situation, with primary colors blue green and red present. This bird loves Common Fig and Peepal tree (the tree under which Lord Buddha got enlightenment), well maybe all Ficus species for their delicious fruits and deciduous nature. They are generally spotted early morning having community breakfasts with other birds like Koels, Bulbuls, Magpie Robins and other Barbet species found here. To see other species of birds found in our campus, go to this Checklist!

Common Name: Blue-throated Barbet                                Scientific Name: Megalaima asiatica

Local Names: Assamese: Hetulukaa                                  Size approx.: 20-25 cms

Global Status: Least Threatened                                           Campus Status: number in 10-50

Distinctive Identifiers:

1. Green body

2. Blue face and throat

3. Red crown with yellow and black bands on forehead

4. Red patch on sides of throat

5. Large bill with increasing black towards tip.

For other features which are not as distinctive as these, have a look at these pictures.