Family Asian Barbets (Megalaimidae)

Near Threatened

Black-banded Barbet (Psilopogon javensis)


French: Barbu de Java German: Javabartvogel Spanish: Barbudo de Java

Bucco Javensis


, 1821,



Probably closest to P. rafflesii, having similar size and sexual monomorphism, or possibly to P. mystacophanos; all have traditionally been thought to belong to a group that includes also P. corvinus and P. chrysopogon, although these two appear not closely related to the others. Monotypic.


Lowland Java and Bali.

Descriptive notes

c. 26 cm; male 115 g. Large green barbet with yellow crown and black bill. Both sexes have black, blue and red head markings; black lores and eyestripe, black extending down... read more


Song somewhat variable, usually accelerating series of double “too-took” notes, for 10... read more


Lowland and hill forest, including teak forest, where not densely wooded, also forest patches; up... read more

Food and feeding

Poorly known; fruits such as figs, and insects reported.


Feb–Sept, and reported also in Dec, thus much of year; perhaps double-brooded. Reportedly lays two eggs in tree cavity, but no other... read more


Resident and sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Known to be widespread, and often common, though in a much-fragmented habitat. Lowland forests within its range... read more

Recommended citation

Short, L.L. & Horne, J.F.M. (2020). Black-banded Barbet (Psilopogon javensis). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 26 February 2020).