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


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Species (32)

Fire-tufted Barbet (Psilopogon pyrolophus) by Ian – Photo by Lee at Natl Aviary *LLABS*
Great Barbet (Psilopogon virens) by Nikhil Devasar
Red-vented Barbet (Psilopogon lagrandieri) OBI
Brown-headed Barbet (Psilopogon zeylanica) by Nikhil
Lineated Barbet (Psilopogon lineata) OBI
White-cheeked Barbet (Psilopogon viridis) ©©
Green-eared Barbet (Psilopogon faiostricta) OBI
Brown-throated Barbet (Psilopogon corvina) OBI
Golden-whiskered Barbet (Psilopogon chrysopogon) by Ian
Red-crowned Barbet (Psilopogon rafflesii) OBI
Red-throated Barbet (Psilopogon mystacophanos) ©© *LLABS*
Black-banded Barbet (Psilopogon javensis) OBI – *LLABS*
Yellow-fronted Barbet (Psilopogon flavifrons) OBI
Golden-throated Barbet (Psilopogon franklinii) OBI
Necklaced Barbet (Psilopogon auricularis)
Black-browed Barbet (Psilopogon oorti) ©©
Indochinese Barbet (Psilopogon annamensis) Video IBC
Chinese Barbet (Psilopogon faber) OBI
Taiwan Barbet (Psilopogon nuchalis) OBI
Blue-throated Barbet (Psilopogon asiatica) OBI
Turquoise-throated Barbet (Psilopogon chersonesus)
Mountain Barbet (Psilopogon monticola) OBI
Moustached Barbet (Psilopogon incognita) OBI
Yellow-crowned Barbet (Psilopogon henricii) OBI
Flame-fronted Barbet (Psilopogon armillaris) ©©
Golden-naped Barbet (Psilopogon pulcherrima) OBI
Yellow-eared Barbet (Psilopogon australis) (4.4)
Blue-eared Barbet (Psilopogon duvaucelii) by MAMuin (4.4)
Bornean Barbet (Psilopogon eximia) OBI
Crimson-fronted Barbet (Psilopogon rubricapillus) ©CC
Malabar Barbet (Psilopogon malabarica) OBI
Coppersmith Barbet (Psilopogon haemacephala) by MAMuin
Brown Barbet (Caloramphus fuliginosus) by MAMuin
Sooty Barbet (Caloramphus hayii) (4.4)

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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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