Family Asian Barbets (Megalaimidae)

Least Concern

Gold-whiskered Barbet (Psilopogon chrysopogon)


French: Barbu à joues jaunes German: Goldwangen-Bartvogel Spanish: Barbudo carigualdo

Bucco chrysopogon


, 1824,



Recent molecular study indicated close relationship with P. corvinus and P. monticola#R. Traditionally thought to belong to the P. javensis species-group (see P. javensis), but such a relationship now seems unlikely. Race chrysopsis found to be genetically divergent from others#R, but morphological differences appear minimal. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. c. laetus (Robinson & Kloss, 1918) – SW Thailand and Peninsular Malaysia; probably also extreme S Myanmar.
  • P. c. chrysopogon (Temminck, 1824) – Sumatra.
  • P. c. chrysopsis (Goffin, 1863) – Borneo.
  • Descriptive notes

    c. 30 cm; 110–215 g. Large, green barbet with heavy black bill. Male of nominate race has red forehead, yellow forecrown and red hindcrown, broad brown eyestripe,... read more


    Song a loud, rapid, short to minutes-long series of double notes, “too-tuk”, at 70... read more


    Evergreen forest, swamp-forest, also tall secondary forest, and around forest clearings; also cacao... read more

    Food and feeding

    Details little known, as this is a canopy bird. Mainly fruits such as figs and berries; probably also insects, seen pecking into dead wood... read more


    Feb–Aug, or even to Nov, possibly includes renesting. When breeding, sings through heat of day. Few records of nesting: nest... read more


    Presumably resident and sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Uncommon to common in Thailand and Peninsular Malaysia; common in Sumatra and Borneo. Knowledge of its ecology and population biology lacking,... read more

    Recommended citation

    Short, L.L. & Horne, J.F.M. (2020). Gold-whiskered Barbet (Psilopogon chrysopogon). 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).