1015. Cyanops flavifrons

1015. Cyanops flavifrons.

The Yellow-fronted Barbet.

Bucco flavifrons, Cuvier, Regne An. i, p. 428, note, ex Levaill. (1817). Megalaema flavifrons, Blyth, Cat. p. 67; Layard, A. M. N. H. (2) xiii, p. 447 (1854) ; Marshall, Mon. Cap. p. 69, pl. 30 ; Holdsworth, P. Z. S. 1872, p. 429; Hume, S. F. vii, p. 370; id. Cat. no. 196 ter; Legge, Birds Ceyl. p. 212, pl. x. Cyanops flavifrons, Blyth, Ibis, 1867, p. 297 ; Shelley, Cat. B. M. xix, p. 65 ; Oates in Hume's N. & F. 2nd ed. ii, p. 321.

Coloration. Broad forehead and a spot at each base of the lower mandible golden yellow; whole upper plumage dark grass-green, the coronal feathers tipped with gold, and those of the occiput and back and sides of the neck with whitish shaft-stripes ; quills blackish brown, their inner margins and the wing-lining pale yellow ; several primaries with a narrow' pale outer border near the tip; lores, supercilia, sides of head below eye, ear-coverts, chin, and throat verditer-blue; remainder of lower surface of body pale green, the breast-feathers with well-marked emerald-green borders; abdomen and flanks tinged with emerald-green; lower surface of tail-feathers blackish washed with pale verditer-blue.

Bill greenish horny, dusky at base of culmen; iris light red; tarsi and feet sickly green, the tarsi in some bluish (Legge).

Length 8.5 ; tail 2.3; wing 3.6; tarsus .95; bill from gape 1.2.

Distribution. Ceylon, chiefly in the hill-forests of the Kandyan province up to about 6400 feet, but found also locally in the low plains.

Habits, &c. Very similar to those of other Barbets. This is an active, noisy, fruit-eating bird, with a peculiar monotonous call, monosyllabic according to Legge, who adds that this species makes a nest-hole usually in a soft-wood tree, such as the cotton-tree (Bombax), and lays two or three smooth white eggs, measuring on an average 1.11 by .81. It has apparently two broods in the year, the breeding-season lasting from February to September.

The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
Blanford, William Thomas, ed. The Fauna of British India: Including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.3 1895.
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1015. Cyanops flavifrons
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
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Common name: 
Yellow Fronted Barbet
Yellow-fronted Barbet
Megalaima flavifrons
Vol. 3

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