Monday, March 22, 2010

Bagging Barbets: Western Ghats Species

Originally, this little barbet was treated as a sub-species of the Coppersmith Barbet. But it was later classified as a separate species, the Malabar Barbet is found only in the Western Ghats of India. This species can be differentiated from the Coppersmith Barbet by the crimson face and throat.The next barbet at first glance can be mistaken for the Lineated Barbet. However, the White-cheeked Barbet or Small Green Barbet is smaller in size. It is also endemic to the forest areas of the Western Ghats and adjoining hills. To tell them apart look at the head it has a broad white cheek stripe below the eye.To allow you to see the differences here are photos of the Coppersmith Barbetand the Lineated Barbet

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