Megalaimidae – Asian Barbets

Fire-tufted Barbet by Ian

Fire-tufted Barbet by Ian

And this continued by the space of two years; so that all they which dwelt in Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks. (Acts 19:10 KJV)

CLASS – AVES, Order – PICIFORMES, Family – Megalaimidae – Asian Barbets

Latest I.O.C. Version
Species (34)

Fire-tufted Barbet (Psilopogon pyrolophus)
Great Barbet (Psilopogon virens)
Red-vented Barbet (Psilopogon lagrandieri)
Brown-headed Barbet (Psilopogon zeylanicus)
Lineated Barbet (Psilopogon lineatus)
White-cheeked Barbet (Psilopogon viridis)
Green-eared Barbet (Psilopogon faiostrictus)
Brown-throated Barbet (Psilopogon corvinus)
Golden-whiskered Barbet (Psilopogon chrysopogon)
Red-crowned Barbet (Psilopogon rafflesii)
Red-throated Barbet (Psilopogon mystacophanos)
Black-banded Barbet (Psilopogon javensis)
Yellow-fronted Barbet (Psilopogon flavifrons)
Golden-throated Barbet (Psilopogon franklinii)
Necklaced Barbet (Psilopogon auricularis)
Black-browed Barbet (Psilopogon oorti)
Indochinese Barbet (Psilopogon annamensis)
Chinese Barbet (Psilopogon faber)
Taiwan Barbet (Psilopogon nuchalis)
Blue-throated Barbet (Psilopogon asiaticus)
Turquoise-throated Barbet (Psilopogon chersonesus)
Mountain Barbet (Psilopogon monticola)
Moustached Barbet (Psilopogon incognitus)
Yellow-crowned Barbet (Psilopogon henricii)
Flame-fronted Barbet (Psilopogon armillaris)
Golden-naped Barbet (Psilopogon pulcherrimus)
Yellow-eared Barbet (Psilopogon australis)
Blue-eared Barbet (Psilopogon duvaucelii)
Bornean Barbet (Psilopogon eximius)
Crimson-fronted Barbet (Psilopogon rubricapillus)
Malabar Barbet (Psilopogon malabaricus)
Coppersmith Barbet (Psilopogon haemacephalus)
Brown Barbet (Caloramphus fuliginosus)
Sooty Barbet (Caloramphus hayii)


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A family of birds comprising the Asian barbets, the Megalaimidae were once united with all other barbets in the Capitonidae (Short & Horne 2002) but they have turned out to be distinct[citation needed]. There are 26 species living in wooded areas from Tibet to Indonesia.

All members of the family are placed in the genus Megalaima, except the Fire-tufted Barbet (Psilopogon pyrolophus) and the Brown Barbet (Caloramphus fuliginosus). The latter species is distinct enough to warrant placement in a distinct subfamily Calorhamphinae, whereas the typical Asian barbets make up the Megalaimatinae.

They are usually plump-looking, with large heads, and their heavy bill is fringed with bristles. The Great Barbet (Megalaima virens), is the largest of the species, and indeed among its relatives only surpassed in size by some of the toucans. (Wikipedia with editing)

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