Family Asian Barbets (Megalaimidae)

Least Concern

Fire-tufted Barbet (Psilopogon pyrolophus)


Taxonomy

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

Psilopogon pyrolophus

S. Müller

, 1836,

Sumatra

.

Monotypic.

Distribution:

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

Voice

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

Habitat

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

Breeding

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

Movements

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. (2018). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/56030 on 14 November 2018).