Family Asian Barbets (Megalaimidae)

Least Concern

Golden-naped Barbet (Psilopogon pulcherrimus)


French: Barbu élégant German: Prachtbartvogel Spanish: Barbudo elegante

Megalæma [sic] pulcherrima


, 1888,

Mount Kinabalu, Borneo


Closely related to P. armillaris and P. henricii (see P. armillaris). Monotypic.


N Borneo mountains from Kinabalu and Trus Madi S to Mulu and Murud; recently found in Menyapa Mts (E Kalimantan)#R.

Descriptive notes

20–21·5 cm; 55–76 g. Distinctive, strong-billed, smallish green barbet of mountains. Male with blue from forehead to hindneck, blue throat, gold patch on... read more


Song of three-note phrases, “chut-chut-chtttt”, variably long, at 18–25 phrases... read more


Montane primary and secondary forest, moss-clad forest, edges and adjacent partly cut-over areas.... read more

Food and feeding

Little known. Meagre data from stomach contents indicate fruits and berries, and a “green shoot”. Forages in midstorey and... read more


Data from specimens indicate season Dec–Mar. No other data available.


None known; presumably resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Bornean Mountains EBA. No information on relative abundance, but appears to be rather local. Its upland forest... read more

Recommended citation

Short, L.L. & Horne, J.F.M. (2020). Golden-naped Barbet (Psilopogon pulcherrimus). 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 26 February 2020).