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White-Cheeked Barbet

Caught this Barbet greedily eyeing the guava growing in the backyard. Diet consists mostly of fruits that it tears open with its powerful beak. Has a white cheek stripe with grass-green plumage above and white breast streaked brown. Also known in India as the Small Green Barbet. While foraging they can get pretty aggressive and attempt to chase off other frugivores. They play an important role in forests as seed dispersal agents.

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Taken on July 16, 2012