1440. Cyanops flavifrons

(1440) Cyanops flavifrons (Cuvier).
THE Yellow-fronted Barbet.
Cyanops flavifrons, Fauna B, I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. iv, p. 120.
This little Barbet is confined to Ceylon, where it occurs, according to Wait (‘Birds of Ceylon,' 2nd ed. p. 167), “chiefly in the hill zone, except at the highest altitudes. From the bases of the hills it spreads into the damp low country zone. In the drier forests it is more restricted, but is found locally in parts of the Eastern Province and the district North of the Matale hills.”
Phillips found these Barbets breeding in some numbers in the Gammaduwa district at an elevation of about 3,000 to 3,500 feet, making their nest-holes in trees standing in Tea cultivation, those selected being generally at the edge of the forest. The holes wore drilled both in large and small branches and in the trunks of the trees at heights between 0 and 25 feet from the ground. One or two nest-holes were bored in quite rotten stumps comparatively near the ground.
Wait says that eggs may be taken at almost any time of the year, but Tunnard and Phillips found that there were two definite seasons during which most birds bred, the first in February and March and the second in August.
Three eggs are nearly always laid, rarely two only.
Thirty-eight eggs average 26.6 x 20.7 mm. : maxima 29.9 x 22.0 mm, ; minima 25.0 x 20.0 and 25.3 x 19.9 mm.

The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 3. 1934.
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1440. Cyanops flavifrons
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Edward Charles Stuart Baker
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Yellow Fronted Barbet
Yellow-fronted Barbet
Megalaima flavifrons
Vol. 3

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