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Taiwan Barbet Megalaima nuchalis  
Taiwan Barbet
Photographer : © Daisy O'Neill
Location :Huben Ecovillage, Linnei District, Yunlin County, Taiwan
Date : 23 April 2015
English synonyms:Black-browed Barbet
Bird Family :Megalaiminae - Asian Barbets
Red Data Status :Least Concern
Remarks :Several birds observed foraging on mulberry bush berries.

Known to locals as the 'Five colour bird'.

Noisy at times, its behaviour has always been endearing - while seen in many locations of my April visit, never failed to enjoy looking and checking out what these colourful birds were up to. - DO'N

Taxonomic Notes :Monotypic species endemic to Taiwan.

Formerly considered conspecific with Black-browed Barbet Megalaima oorti but now elevated to full species status following Collar, N.J. (2006) A taxonomic reappraisal of the Black-browed Barbet Megalaima oorti. Forktail 22:170-173.

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