French: Barbu géant German: Heulbartvogel Spanish: Barbudo grande
Subspecies and Distribution
P. v. marshallorum
(Swinhoe, 1870) – NE Pakistan and NW India E to W Nepal.
P. v. magnificus
(E. C. S. Baker, 1926) – E Nepal E to C Assam.
P. v. clamator
(Mayr, 1941) – NE Assam, N Myanmar and SC China (W Yunnan) to NW Thailand.
P. v. virens
(Boddaert, 1783) – C Myanmar and NC Thailand to N Vietnam and SC & SE China.
32–35 cm; 164–295 g. Largest barbet, with big bill. Both sexes of nominate race with entirely dark bluish head with some green tones, brown and green body... read more
Loud, distinctive “kee-aar” to “peeao” notes in long series, with... read more
Forest, both deciduous and evergreen, and wooded valleys on mountain slopes; visits orchards and... read more
Food and feeding
Diverse fruits, especially figs, berries, wild plums, ivy berries, barberries, “medlar” and “pepul” fruits; also... read more
Feb–Aug or Sept; sometimes two or even three broods in a season. Much singing and countersinging, simultaneous singing of pair;... read more
Resident, with altitudinal movements; those at elevations above c. 800 m migrate down to lower... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common in N Indian Subcontinent, although very local in Pakistan; possibly still present in Bangladesh, but no recent records; common in SE Asia.... read more
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