Family Asian Barbets (Megalaimidae)

Least Concern

Fire-tufted Barbet (Psilopogon pyrolophus)


French: Barbu à collier German: Rotbüschel-Bartvogel Spanish: Barbudo picofuego

Psilopogon pyrolophus

S. Müller

, 1836,





Mountain slopes of Peninsular Malaysia and Sumatra; recently reported in extreme S Thailand. Possibly introduced in W Java#R.

Descriptive notes

c. 28–29 cm; 107–149 g (Malaysia). Largely green barbet of mountains. Male with red-tipped crown feathers, grey face, yellow throat patch bordered by black... read more


Trilling song 3–8 seconds long, sounding like a cicada, notes shorten and increase in tempo... read more


Mainly in canopy and subcanopy of primary and older secondary forest, forest edges and patches,... read more

Food and feeding

Figs (e.g. Ficus vasculosa) and other fruits (including a Melastomataceae) up to 25 mm in diameter, also insects (large arthropods... read more


Jan to mid-Sept. Breeds in pairs. Males countersing, holding body nearly horizontal, in encounters may fall to ground clasping and pecking... read more


Resident; sedentary, one bird recaptured at same site 13 months after first netted.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Sumatra and Peninsular Malaysia EBA. Uncommon to locally common in Peninsular Malaysia; common in Sumatra.... read more

Recommended citation

Short, L.L., Horne, J.F.M. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Fire-tufted Barbet (Psilopogon pyrolophus). 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 21 February 2020).