It is 20-23.5 cm long. The plumage is mostly green apart from the head which is patterned with blue, yellow and red. There is a black stripe above the eye. The bill is black and the feet are grey-green.
It has a scattered distribution in south-eastern Asia. It occurs in Sumatra and the Malay Peninsula. The Indochinese barbet was formerly considered a subspecies. Three further subspecies of black-browed barbet are now commonly treated as two separate species: the Chinese barbet (P. faber) of southern China and the Taiwan barbet (P. nuchalis) of Taiwan.
- MacKinnon, John & Phillipps, Karen (2000) A Field Guide to the Birds of China. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
- Robson, Craig (2002) A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia. New Holland, London.
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