Family Asian Barbets (Megalaimidae)

Least Concern

Green-eared Barbet (Psilopogon faiostrictus)


French: Barbu grivelé German: Grünohr-Bartvogel Spanish: Barbudo orejiverde

Bucco faiostrictus


, 1832,



Species name sometimes spelt erroneously as faiostriatus/faiostriata. Affinities uncertain; may be related, but not very closely, to P. lineatus and P. zeylanicus, and also to P. viridis, or possibly to P. franklinii and P. oorti. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. f. praetermissus (Kloss, 1918) – N & E Thailand, Laos, N Vietnam and S & SE China (S of Canton).
  • P. f. faiostrictus (Temminck, 1832) – W, C & S Thailand, Cambodia and S Vietnam.
  • Descriptive notes

    c. 24–27 cm. Streaky-headed, green, short-tailed barbet. Male has brownish streaks on crown and nape, green ear-coverts; malar region and throat streaked;... read more


    Song a rapid series of compound “twa-ta-ta-tat” or “too-er-took” notes at c... read more


    Primary evergreen and to some extent deciduous forest, staying in canopy; most common in evergreen... read more

    Food and feeding

    Feeds on fruits such as figs and those of Trema and Eugenia, berries; presumably also takes some insects, but little is... read more


    Feb–Jul, but timing little known. Nest excavated in dead branch or, particularly, dead standing trunk; two eggs reported; no... read more


    Resident; sedentary in S, but in N may move more or less extensively in deciduous forest, seeking... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Apparently common in Thailand and Indochina; reportedly rare in China. Seems generally difficult to locate, probably because it... read more

    Recommended citation

    Short, L.L. & Horne, J.F.M. (2020). Green-eared Barbet (Psilopogon faiostrictus). 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 16 February 2020).