Taiwan Barbet – Feeding Chick & Cleaning Nest
The Taiwan barbet is a species of bird endemic to the country of Taiwan. It was formerly considered a subspecies of the black-browed barbet and placed in the genus Megalaima.
It is about 20 cm (7.9 in) long. The plumage is mostly green. The lore has a red spot. The ear-coverts and lower malar are blue. The throat is mustard yellow. The forehead is yellow. There is a black stripe above the eye. The beak is black and thick. The breast has a blue band and a red band. The belly is yellowish-green. The feet are greyish. The sexes are alike.
The Chinese name for the bird means “five-colored bird” (五色鸟), referring to the five colors on its plumage. Because of its colorful plumage and that its call resembles that of a percussion instrument known as a wooden fish, the species is also referred to as the “spotted monk of the forest” in Taiwan.
It is commonly found in forests at elevations of up to 2,800 m (9,200 ft). It feeds on fruits and insects. The breeding season is from March to August. It nests in tree cavities. It may use an existing cavity or excavate one.