Family Asian Barbets (Megalaimidae)

Least Concern

Brown-throated Barbet (Psilopogon corvinus)


French: Barbu corbin German: Braunkehl-Bartvogel Spanish: Barbudo corvino

Bucco corvinus


, 1831,



Recent molecular study indicated close relationship with P. chrysopogon and P. monticola#R; thought by some to represent P. chrysopogon in Java, and this may prove to be a valid interpretation. Traditionally thought to belong to the P. javensis species-group (see P. javensis), but such a relationship now seems unlikely. Monotypic.


Mountain forests of W Java.

Descriptive notes

c. 27 cm; 1 male 130 g. Distinctive, large green barbet with brown head. Both sexes with unstreaked brown head, neck and upper breast, usually with yellow-gold mark on nape;... read more


Song a series of 3- or 4-noted sounds, “too-ta-ta-toot”, for c. 20 seconds, each... read more


Fragmented, wet mountain forest at 800–2000 m.

Food and feeding

Diet mainly fruits, especially figs; presumably also insects at times. Feeds usually in canopy, alone or in small groups, possibly families... read more


Annual moult late May–Dec suggests main breeding season Jan–Jun; also Aug, and Oct reported; may be partly double-brooded.... read more


Presumably resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Java and Bali Forests EBA. Formerly listed as Near Threatened, but apparently quite common, at least locally,... read more

Recommended citation

Short, L.L. & Horne, J.F.M. (2020). Brown-throated Barbet (Psilopogon corvinus). 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 22 February 2020).