Blue-throated barbet

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Blue-throated barbet
Blue-throated Barbet (Megalaima asiatica) in Kolkata I IMG 7592.jpg
In Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Piciformes
Family: Megalaimidae
Genus: Psilopogon
P. asiaticus
Binomial name
Psilopogon asiaticus
(Latham, 1790)

Cyanops davisoni
Megalaima asiaticus

The blue-throated barbet (Psilopogon asiaticus) is an Asian barbet with bright green, blue and red plumage, native to the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia. Barbets and toucans are a group of near passerine birds with a worldwide tropical distribution. The barbets get their name from the bristles which fringe their heavy bills; this species eats fruits and insects. They frequent evergreen forests, deciduous forests, gardens, orchards, teak forests and cities with fruiting trees. The turquoise-throated barbet was formerly considered a subspecies.



  1. ^ BirdLife International (2016). "Psilopogon asiaticus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2016: e.T61469878A95169030. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T61469878A95169030.en.