Black-browed barbet

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Black-browed barbet
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Piciformes
Family: Megalaimidae
Genus: Psilopogon
Species: P. oorti
Binomial name
Psilopogon oorti
(Müller, 1836)
Synonyms

Megalaima oorti

The black-browed barbet or Müller's barbet (Psilopogon oorti) is a bird belonging to the Asian barbet family, Megalaimidae.

Description[edit]

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.

Habitat[edit]

It inhabits tropical and subtropical forests. It forages in the upper and middle levels of the canopy. It excavates a nest hole in a tree but little else is known about its breeding habits.

References[edit]

  • 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.