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Coppersmith Barbet (Megalaima haemacephala) calling in Hyderabad W IMG 8290.jpg
Coppersmith barbet
Megalaima haemacephala
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Piciformes
Family: Megalaimidae
Genus: Megalaima
G.R. Gray, 1842

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Megalaima is a genus of Asian barbets (family Megalaimidae). The name means ‘large throat’, from the Greek mega (μέγας, ‘large, great’) and laimos (λαιμός, ‘throat’).[1]

They make up the bulk of this newly verified clade, which was hitherto united with the other barbets in the Capitonidae. The latter, however, are at least as close to the toucans as to the other lineages of barbets, making it necessary to split up the old paraphyletic "Capitonidae".



  1. ^ David, Normand (2008). "Megalaiminae: the correct subfamily-group name for the Asian barbets". Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club (London: British Ornithologists' Club) 128 (1): 72.