The White-cheeked Barbet, an eye-catching resident of the Indian subcontinent, is often heard before it's seen, thanks to its distinct, metronomic call that echoes through the forests and urban gardens. Adorned with a vivid green plumage and contrasting white cheeks, this barbet is a master of tree hollowing, skillfully carving out nesting cavities. It's a familiar and cherished sight, especially in southern India, blending effortlessly into the lush greenery while contributing to the symphony of the wild.
Males and females have similar plumage
White cheeks and throat, white stripe above eyes
Short and stubby with green feathers
22cm to 25cm
48g to 65g
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Loud, repetitive 'kutroo kutroo'
Distinctive and repetitive, can be heard from a distance
Sharp and rapid 'tuk tuk tuk'
Active throughout the day, foraging and calling
Solitary or in pairs, not very social
Territorial during breeding season
Generally does not interact much with other bird species
Feeds on fruit and catches insects in flight
Morning and late afternoon
Picking from foliage or catching in flight
Seasonal variation based on fruit availability
Excavates nesting holes in dead wood or rotting trees
February to May
Mainly one, but sometimes two
White and glossy
2.9 x 2cm, weighing around 6.5g
Typically 2-4 eggs per clutch
About 14 days
Around 40 days
Both parents participate in feeding and caring for the young
India, specifically in the Western Ghats and adjoining areas
Dense forests and plantations
Lowlands up to 2000 meters
Please note, this range and distribution map is a high-level overview, and doesn't break down into specific regions and areas of the countries.