Fun Brown-headed Barbet Facts For Kids

Devangana Rathore
Oct 20, 2022 By Devangana Rathore
Originally Published on Sep 02, 2021
Edited by Katherine Cook
Fact-checked by Sakshi Raturi
There are so many fun brown-headed barbet facts to know and learn.
Age: 3-18
Read time: 6.5 Min

If you just saw a bird looking like it just got out of bed, then you may be looking at the brown-headed barbet! They are known for their long beaks that look a little too long for their small heads, which have a flurry of brown feathers on top of their head. These small Passerine birds have brown feathers that eventually turn to green and other darker shades as they go down the bird's body. This bird lives in tropical rainforests of countries like India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. They can camouflage in the thick forests of their habitat with ease and are omnivorous in nature. They eat insects and other small worms and fruit and tree sap, which they get by using their beaks.

Continue reading as there are so many things to know and learn about the brown-headed barbet.  You can learn more about all the different and related animals and birds globally, such as the frigate and toucan bird.

Brown-Headed Barbet Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a brown-headed barbet?

The brown-headed barbet (Psilopogon zeylanicus) or headed barbet brown species is a bird, and Protonym is Bucco zeylanicus. The large green barbet (Megalaima zeylanica) or brown-headed barbet bird is an Asian barbet.

What class of animal does a brown-headed barbet belong to?

The brown-headed barbet (Psilopogon zeylanicus) species belongs to the class of birds (Aves), Megalaimidae family, genus Psilopogon.

How many brown-headed barbets are there in the world?

The brown-headed barbet (Psilopogon zeylanicus) population has not been estimated globally. However, the population trends of this species are said to be steady in general and the IUCN has given this species a conservation status of Least Concern. This barbet is said to be locally common to moderately widespread across its range.

Where does a brown-headed barbet live?

The brown-headed barbet (Psilopogon zeylanicus) or barbet large green (Megalaima zeylanica) lives in the woods. Most of peninsular India is covered by the Megalaima zeylanica distribution range, stretching from Terai in southern Nepal to north and Sri Lanka in the south. In short, India, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh form the most populous regions of their habitats.

What is a brown-headed barbet's habitat?

The brown-headed barbet (Psilopogon zeylanicus) is an Asian barbet species found in wooded country, rural gardens, and subtropical and tropical wet broadleaf woods around the Indian subcontinent.

Who does the brown headed barbet live with?

The brown-headed barbet (Psilopogon zeylanicus) or barbet large green (Megalaima zeylanica) are mostly solitary. However, they can also be observed in couples at the time of breeding. The puffin's distribution range is in the Northern Hemisphere, stretches from the northern United States and the East Coast of America to northern Russia, including the western coast of Europe.

How long does a brown-headed barbet live?

The estimated lifespan of the Megalaima zeylanica, family Megalaimidae, bird is unexplored. However, other species of barbet have a lifespan between 10-15 years. Therefore, it is a reasonable assumption that their lifespan is similar to those of their other relatives across the world.

How do they reproduce?

The breeding time of the brown-headed barbet or Megalaima zeylanica bird runs from February to October. These birds have a monogamous relationship and they build their nests in tree cavities. There could be two to four eggs in the brood. The parents alternate incubating the eggs, caring and feeding for the hatchlings. After 13 days, the chick emerges.

What is their conservation status?

The conservation status of the brown-headed barbet (Psilopogon zeylanicus) or large green barbet (Megalaima zeylanica) species is Least Concern declared by IUCN Red List. However, due to loss of habitat and human intervention in their life cycle and diet, they are fast facing a dwindling population.

Brown-Headed Barbet Fun Facts

What does the brown-headed barbet look like?

The adult brown-headed barbet (Psilopogon zeylanicus) possesses a neck and breast, a streaked brown head, with a yellow eye patch. The brown-headed barbet's overall plumage is green. Green is the color of the upper body, tail and wings. Brownish tones can be found on the throat, head,  neck, and breast. The head, cape, and breast all have pronounced pale streaks. Its head is huge, its neck is short, and its tail is short. The bristles that fringe the barbet's thick bills give this bird its name.

Toucans and the barbet species are near Passerine birds that have a global distribution in the tropics.

How cute are they?

The brown-headed barbet species that belongs to Sri Lanka and India is loving and cute. It is seen commonly in Sri Lanka and India, with various subspecies all around the world. They are definitely one of the cuter birds. They would fit right in your hand, but they can also be shy around humans and might not be easy to sight.

How do they communicate?

There are several calls, but the most frequent call is similar to that of the white-cheeked barbet species. Barbudo cabecipardo or the brown-headed barbet makes a repeating 'kutroo...kutroo..' call in the summer, but is quiet in the winter. When one bird begins to call, others to start too.  The calls of the brown-headed barbet (Psilopogon zeylanicus) are tinkling or twice repeated sounds.

How big is a brown-headed barbet?

The length range of brown-headed barbet or Megalaima zeylanica is about 11 in (27.9 cm). In contrast, the length range of a related species, the Toco toucan, is between 21.6-25.6 in (54.8-65 cm). Therefore, the brown-headed barbet bird is smaller than the Toco toucan bird in length range.

How fast can a brown-headed barbet fly?

The quiet, powerful, and undulating glide of the Barbudo cabecipardo bird or the brown-headed barbet species between the trees is a sight to behold.

How much does a brown-headed barbet weigh?

The average weight of the brown-headed barbet (Psilopogon zeylanicus) or green barbet (Megalaima zeylanica) species is between 3.5-5 oz (99.2-141.7 g).

What are the male and female names of the species?

There are no particular name for male and female green barbet (Megalaima zeylanica) or brown-headed barbet (Psilopogon zeylanicus) birds.

What would you call a baby brown-headed barbet?

A baby brown-headed barbet (Psilopogon zeylanicus) or green barbet (Megalaima zeylanica) does not have any special name. It can be called a chick like other baby birds.

What do they eat?

The barbet brown-headed or large green barbet is a fruit and insect-eating highly arboreal species found in parks and wooded country. Brown-headed barbets have been observed scavenging for insects from tree trunks and branches. The golden pheasant feeds on invertebrates like arthropods, annelids, mollusks, and cnidarians.

Are they dangerous?

This brown-headed barbet (Megalaima zeylanica or Barbudo cabecipardo) belonging to the Megalaimidae family, genus Psilopogon, and Protonym  Bucco Zeylanicus is not dangerous. They are tiny birds and their diet only consists of small animals like worms and insects. It poses absolutely no danger to humans.

Would they make a good pet?

This species, that can be found in India and Sri Lanka, is a very arboreal, free-flying bird in the forest. Therefore, it is not smart to take these birds as pets in captivity. Besides, they are also protected under various environmental laws in these nations. Therefore, it might be illegal to have them as pets.

Did you know...

The brown breast and head of this brown-headed barbet (Megalaima zeylanica) bird have distinct pale streaks. This Megalaima zeylanica bird is distinguished by its green wings and brown throat with white mottling on the shoulders. The broad region of dull yellow facial skin and the brown-yellow beak turns orange-red while breeding.

The Belizean national bird is the keel-billed toucan.

How many eggs does the brown-headed barbet lay?

Brown-headed barbet (Psilopogon zeylanicus) birds deposit two to four eggs in a tree hole. Mangos, papayas, figs, and other planted fruit trees are among its favorite foods. This bird can be found feeding in urban areas and country gardens. It builds its nest in a proper hole in a tree that it frequently excavates.

Does the brown-headed barbet migrate?

The brown-headed barbet (Psilopogon zeylanicus) species are resident birds that do not migrate. However, in the winter, birds from higher altitudes may migrate to lower elevations and plains. Megalaima zeylanica is only found in the Indian subcontinent in the countries of India, Sri Lanka, and Nepal).

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Written by Devangana Rathore

Bachelor of Arts specializing in English Language, Master of Philosophy

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Devangana RathoreBachelor of Arts specializing in English Language, Master of Philosophy

Devangana is a highly accomplished content writer and a deep thinker with a Master's degree in Philosophy from Trinity College, Dublin. With a wealth of experience in copywriting, she has worked with The Career Coach in Dublin and is constantly looking to enhance her skills through online courses from some of the world's leading universities. Devangana has a strong background in computer science and is also an accomplished editor and social media manager. Her leadership skills were honed during her time as the literacy society president and student president at the University of Delhi.

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