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Flame-fronted Barbet (Psilopogon baliensis)

Hi bird enthusiast all over the world, warm greeting from Bali, Indonesia!

      This time I will share information about the Takur Tohtor bird, it sounds strange to me, if anyone knows the meaning, you can write it in the comments column, in English it is called Flame-fronted Barbet.

      This species is difficult to observe in the wild because its predominantly green coat resembles the color of the leaves and likes to perch on tall trees.  I was fortunate to document on video before they became extinct in the wild due to hunting in the wild.  For those of you who don't know and haven't seen it before, please take a look.  Hopefully this will be useful to increase knowledge about the biodiversity of birds, especially the endemic birds of Indonesia.

      The Takur Tohtor / Flame-fronted Barbet is endemic to Indonesia, in other words its habitat only exists in Indonesia and even then there are only 2 sub-species.  Psilopogon armillaris (Java) and Psilopogon baliensis (Bali).  There isn't much difference between the two, the dark orange on the chest is slightly bigger for the baliensis one.  More research may be needed.

      Because they are endemic, of course they are protected by the government based on Law No. 5 of 1990 and Government Regulation no.  7 of 1997. So it cannot be caught and kept in a cage, however it can be observed in the wild which of course must use special tools such as binoculars (binoculars).  This bird has a medium body size (20-22cm), as I said above, its predominantly green feathers with a yellow stripe across the chest, yellow-orange forehead.  The back of the crown is blue, sometimes the line on the chest shrinks into two round patches, the iris is brown, the beak is black and the legs are blue.

       Its natural habitat is primary and secondary forest, forest edges with an altitude of up to 2,500 masl, although it is difficult to find in the lowlands.  Usually mingles with other birds in foraging for food in the form of fikus tree fruits, insects, and seeds while making a loud, repeated sound. 

    April, May and December are the breeding times, nesting in holes in tall dead tree trunks, usually they have 2-3 eggs.

Hopefully this article is useful. 

Best wishes,
Made Surya


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