Brown-headed Barbets

The Brown-headed Barbets or Large Green Barbet (Megalaima zeylanica) is an Asian barbet.

Distribution / Range

The Brown-headed Barbets is found in India and Sri Lanka, where it is found in gardens and wooded country.


This is a relatively large barbet measuring, on average, 27 cm in length.

It has a large head a short neck and a short tail.

The adult has a streaked brown head, neck, and breast, with a yellow eye patch. The rest of the plumage is green. The bill is thick and red.

Males and females look alike.

Similar species: The White-cheeked Barbet largely replaces this species in the Western Ghats and hilly parts of southern peninsular India although both species may occur in many places. The calls of this species is similar but the white cheek patch is distinctive.

Diet / Feeding

It feeds on fruit and insects.

Nesting / Breeding

It nests in tree cavities. The average clutch consists of 2 – 4 eggs.

Calls / Vocalizations

The call is a repetitive kutroo…kutroo…kutroo. Others take up the call when one starts. Somewhat silent in the winter.

Brown-headed Barbet
Brown-headed Barbets by J. M. Garg
Brown-headed Barbet or Large Green Barbet (Megalaima zeylanica)
Brown-headed Barbet or Large Green Barbet (Megalaima zeylanica)
Brown-headed Barbet (Megalaima zeylanica)
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Related Web Resources: Asian Barbet InformationAsian Barbet SpeciesAsian Barbet Photo Gallery

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