24 August 2011

Black-browed Barbet or Müller's Barbet (Megalaima oorti)

The Black-browed Barbet or Müller's Barbet (Megalaima oorti) is a bird belonging to the Asian barbet family, Megalaimidae.

 The Chinese name for the bird, "five-colored bird" (五色鳥) refers to the five colors seen on its plumage. 

The plumage is mostly green apart from the head which is patterned with blue, yellow and red. There is a black stripe above the eye. 

Because of its colorful plumage and that its call resembles that of a percussion instrument known as a wooden fish, the species is also referred to as the "spotted monk of the forest" in Taiwan.

The bill is black and the feet are grey-green.

It has a scattered distribution in south-eastern Asia.  It inhabits tropical and subtropical forests. It forages in the upper and middle levels of the canopy.

 It excavates a nest hole in a tree but little else is known about its breeding habits.

                                                                                                         Loc: Malaysia August 2011

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