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  • Writer's pictureS Santosh Kumar (sukubirder)

Birds in Northeastern India: Blue-throated Barbet

(Nikon D500, 200-500mm lens; 1/640, f/5.6, ISO360; hand-held; Manas NP, 28/02/23)

(Nikon D500, 200-500mm lens; 1/640, f/6.3, ISO1250; hand-held; @Mahananda WLS, 25/02/23)

Blue-throated Barbet (Psilopogon asiaticus): This attractively coloured barbet is a common inhabitant of the lowland and hill forests of the Himalayas and is abundant in a variety of habitats in the northeastern part of India, including villages and even urban areas, showing that it has adapted well to the presence of humans. Its call is a fast, repetitive ‘took-o-rrook’ sound, uttered almost continuously, and is one of the commonest bird chatter that can be heard in these areas even if the bird maybe hidden in the canopy. But when it reveals itself through the foliage, this barbet by its sheer colourfulness can give immense joy to any bird watcher.

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