Mountain barbet

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Mountain barbet
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Piciformes
Family: Megalaimidae
Genus: Psilopogon
Species: P. monticola
Binomial name
Psilopogon monticola
(Sharpe, 1889)

Megalaima monticola

The mountain barbet (Psilopogon monticola) is a species of bird in the family Megalaimidae. It is endemic to the Southeast Asian island of Borneo.[2] Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.

They resemble female Red-throated Barbets - except, they have smaller bills and lack the red spot at the base of the rictal bristles ("whiskers") on each side of the upper bill.

Diet and Breeding[edit]

Mountain Barbets primarily feed on fruits, but will also eat a wide range of insects, such as ants, cicadas, dragonflies, crickets, locusts, beetles, moths and mantids.

These birds nest in tree holes and hens usually lay 2 to 4 eggs, which are incubated for 13 to 15 days.[3]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Psilopogon monticola". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Phillipps, Quentin & Phillipps, Karen (2011). Phillipps’ Field Guide to the Birds of Borneo. Oxford, UK: John Beaufoy Publishing. ISBN 978-1-906780-56-2. 
  3. ^ Web, Avian (2014-02-18). "Mountain Barbets". Beauty Of Birds. Retrieved 2016-07-13.