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  • n. Plural form of barbet.


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  • The finest of all the barbets are the _Megalæmas_.

    Birds of the Indian Hills

  • The resident avifauna are Saharan, Saharo-Sahelian and Saharo-montane species: sand grouse Pteroclididae, doves Columbidae, barbets Capidonidae, larks Alaudidae, buntings Emberizidae, weavers Ploceidae, ravens and crows Corvidae are conspicuous.

    Aïr and Ténéré Natural Reserves, Niger

  • Apart from those species particularly associated with the sea and wetlands, there is also a considerable variety of forest birds such as woodpeckers, barbets, shrikes, drongos, mynahs, minivets, babblers and many others.

    Sundarbans, Bangladesh

  • A man who has never seen any dogs but barbets or spaniels, and who saw a greyhound for the first time, would take it rather for a dwarf horse than for an animal of the spaniel race.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • The birds which are most abundant in the Western Islands are woodpeckers, barbets, trogons, fruit-thrushes, and leaf-thrushes; they are seen daily, and form the great ornithological features of the country.

    The Malay Archipelago

  • The lovely Eastern trogons, with their rich-brown backs, beautifully pencilled wings, and crimson breasts, were also soon obtained, as well as the large green barbets (Megalaema versicolor) — fruit-eating birds, something like small toucans, with a short, straight bristly bill, and whose head and neck are variegated with patches of the most vivid blue and crimson.

    The Malay Archipelago

  • In Bali we have barbets, fruit-thrushes, and woodpeckers; on passing over to Lombock these are seen no more, but we have abundance of cockatoos, honeysuckers, and brush-turkeys, which are equally unknown in Bali, or any island further west.

    The Malay Archipelago

  • In such well-known families as the woodpeckers, parrots, trogons, barbets, kingfishers, pigeons, and pheasants, we find some identical species spreading over all India, and as far as Java and Borneo, while a very large proportion are common to Sumatra and the Malay peninsula.

    The Malay Archipelago

  • He found no barbets, no trogons, no broadbills, no shrikes.

    The Song of The Dodo

  • West of the dividing line lived tigers and monkeys, bears and orangutans, barbets and trogons; east of the line were friarbirds and cockatoos, birds of paradise and paradise kingfishers, cuscuses and other marsupials including farther east in New Guinea and tropical Australia the ineffable tree kangaroos, doing their clumsy best to fill niches left vacant by missing monkeys.

    The Song of The Dodo


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