Blue-throated Barbet (Megalaima asiatica)

Blue-throated Barbet (Megalaima asiatica)

The Blue-throated Barbet (Megalaima asiatica) is a brightly colored bird belonging to the family Megalaimidae. It is found in a wide range of habitats across the Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia, and parts of China. The Blue-throated Barbet inhabits forested areas, woodlands, gardens, and orchards.

Physical Characteristics:

The Blue-throated Barbet measures around 22-25 centimeters (8.7-9.8 inches) in length, with a wingspan of approximately 33-37 centimeters (13-14.6 inches). It has a plump body, a large head, and a short tail. The bird’s plumage varies depending on the subspecies and location, but it generally has a green or yellow-green coloration, with a red forehead, blue throat, and black speckling on the breast. The bill is thick and curved, and the legs and feet are strong. Both males and females share similar coloration and markings, with little sexual dimorphism.


The Blue-throated Barbet primarily feeds on fruits, berries, and insects. It may also consume flowers and nectar from various plant species. The bird forages in the canopy and middle layers of the forest, using its bill to extract fruits and insects from trees and shrubs.

Reproduction and Lifecycle:

The breeding season for the Blue-throated Barbet typically occurs between February and June, depending on the location. These birds are monogamous and form long-lasting pair bonds. They build a small, cup-shaped nest from mud, leaves, and other plant materials, usually placed in a tree cavity or a hole in a wall.

The female lays 2 to 4 white eggs, which are incubated by both parents for around 13-15 days. After hatching, the chicks are fed and cared for by both parents until they fledge, or leave the nest, at about 25-30 days old. The young birds become fully independent within a few weeks of fledging.

Conservation Status:

The Blue-throated Barbet is currently listed as “Least Concern” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) due to its wide distribution and stable population. The species is not facing any major threats at present. However, habitat loss due to deforestation, agricultural expansion, and urbanization, as well as trapping for the pet trade, could pose potential risks to the Blue-throated Barbet population in the future. Conservation efforts focus on habitat preservation and monitoring populations to ensure their long-term survival.

Updated: 20 April 2023 — 15:03

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