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Megalaima flavifrons

Megalaima flavifrons (*)

Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Classis: Aves
Subclassis: Carinatae
Infraclassis: Neornithes
Parvclassis: Neognathae
Ordo: Piciformes
Familia: Ramphastidae
Subfamilia: Megalaiminae
Genus: Megalaima
Species: Megalaima flavifrons


Megalaima flavifrons (Cuvier, 1816)


* Cuvier Le Regne animal distribué d'après son organisation (1817) 1 p.428,note2

Vernacular names
English: Yellow-fronted Barbet

Yellow-fronted Barbet (Megalaima flavifrons) is an Asian barbet which is an endemic resident breeder in Sri Lanka. Barbets and toucans are a group of near passerine birds with a worldwide tropical distribution. The barbets get their name from the bristles which fringe their heavy bills.

Yellow-fronted Barbet is an arboreal species of forests and other woodland, including large gardens, which eats mainly fruit and only rarely insects. It nests in a tree hole, laying 2-3 eggs.

This is a medium-sized barbet at 21 cm. It is a plump bird, with a short neck, large head and short tail. The adult Yellow-fronted Barbet has a mainly green body and wing plumage, with a scaly appearance to the breast. It has a blue face and throat, and a yellow crown and moustachial stripes.

The call is a rolling kow-kow-kow-kow.

In culture

In Sri Lanka, this bird is known as Mukalang kottoruwa in Sinhala Language[1]. Yellow-fronted Barbet appears in a 5 rupee Sri Lankan postal stamp,[2]


1. ^ http://www.bnhsenvis.nic.in/pdf/vol%203%20(1).pdf
2. ^ http://www.birdtheme.org/country/srilanka.html

* BirdLife International (2004). Megalaima flavifrons. 2006. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2006. www.iucnredlist.org. Retrieved on 11 May 2006. Database entry includes justification for why this species is of least concern
* Birds of India by Grimmett, Inskipp and Inskipp, ISBN 0-691-04910-6

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