Family Asian Barbets (Megalaimidae)

Least Concern

Black-browed Barbet (Psilopogon oorti)


French: Barbu malais German: Schwarzbrauen-Bartvogel Spanish: Barbudo cejinegro

Bucco Oorti

S. Müller

, 1835,



Until recently, treated as conspecific with P. nuchalis, P. faber and P. annamensis, but differs from all three in characters indicated under those species. Monotypic.


Peninsular Malaysia and Sumatra.

Descriptive notes

c. 21·5 cm; 62 g (single female). Montane green barbet with red on forehead (just above bill), lores and nape, yellow-gold throat with blue lower border, red on breast... read more


Song a series of triple-noted phrases, “too-tuk-trrrrrk”, at 65–75 phrases per... read more


Generally lower montane forest and upper dipterocarp forest in Malaysia, also pine forest and... read more

Food and feeding

Little known. Fruits comprise most of its diet, takes insects, mainly when breeding, but little information available. Dominated by P.... read more


Poorly known. Season Feb–Nov in Sumatra, Mar–Jun in Malaysia. Countersinging occurs in breeding period. Nest excavated at 2... read more


Resident and presumably generally sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Fairly common to common in most of range; common in Sumatra. Too little information available on population and breeding biology for its conservation... read more

Recommended citation

Short, L.L., Horne, J.F.M. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Black-browed Barbet (Psilopogon oorti). 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 25 February 2020).