Family Asian Barbets (Megalaimidae)

Least Concern

Black-eared Barbet (Psilopogon duvaucelii)


French: Barbu à oreillons noirs German: Schwarzohr-Bartvogel Spanish: Barbudo orejinegro

Bucco Duvaucelii


, 1830,



Hitherto treated as conspecific with P. cyanotis and P. australis, and closely related to P. eximius, these together comprising the so-called Mesobucco group. Differs from cyanotis and australis in characters indicated under those species. Described forms borneonensis (from Borneo) and robinsoni (S Peninsular Malaysia) synonymized with duvaucelii. Three subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. d. duvaucelii (Lesson, 1830) – S peninsular Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Bangka I and Borneo.
  • P. d. gigantorhinus (Oberholser, 1912) – Nias I, off W Sumatra.
  • P. d. tanamassae (Meyer de Schauensee, 1929) – Batu Is, off W Sumatra.
  • Descriptive notes

    16–17 cm; 26·3–37 g. Small, green, stout-billed barbet with blue crown and throat, black band between throat and breast. Previously considered to be conspecific with P.... read more


    Vocal variation in the P. australis species complex remains unstudied, although the main,... read more


    Primary forest and edges in lowlands and foothills; mainly evergreen forest, but may move into... read more

    Food and feeding

    Fruits, including figs and others, also reportedly insects. In Peninsular Malaysia, at Kerau Wildlife Reserve, this species was observed at... read more


    Generally season Jan–Jul in Peninsular Malaysia (where nest excavation observed early Apr and green-headed juveniles late Apr to Aug... read more


    Resident; generally territorial and sedentary, but some post-breeding movements occur to fruiting... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Regular and common in Peninsular Malaysia, and common on Sumatra and Borneo, and it is generally the commonest barbet on the last-... read more

    Recommended citation

    del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Black-eared Barbet (Psilopogon duvaucelii). 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 20 February 2020).