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Psilopogon pyrolophus
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Piciformes
Family: Megalaimidae
Genus: Psilopogon
S. Müller, 1836
Type species
P. pyrolophus

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Psilopogon is a genus of Old World barbets that used to include a single species, the Fire-tufted barbet in the past. Molecular phylogenetic studies found the genus to be nested within an evolutionary branch consisting of barbets placed in the genus Megalaima and therefore they were not distinct. Since Psilopogon was described by Muller in 1835-36, well before the genus Megalaima was erected by G. R. Gray (in 1841), it takes priority.[1][2]


Type species:

Species formerly placed in the genus Megalaima:


  1. ^ den Tex, Robert-Jan; Leonard, Jennifer A. (2013-07-01). "A molecular phylogeny of Asian barbets: Speciation and extinction in the tropics". Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 68 (1): 1–13. PMID 23511217. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2013.03.004. 
  2. ^ Ericson, Per G. P. (2012-05-01). "Evolution of terrestrial birds in three continents: biogeography and parallel radiations". Journal of Biogeography. 39 (5): 813–824. ISSN 1365-2699. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2699.2011.02650.x.