Family Asian Barbets (Megalaimidae)

Least Concern

Lineated Barbet (Psilopogon lineatus)


French: Barbu rayé German: Streifenbartvogel Spanish: Barbudo listado

Capito lineatus


, 1816,

Australasia; error = Java


Thought to be closely related to P. zeylanicus, and often treated as conspecific in the past, but no apparent hybridization in narrow area of sympatry in N India and SW Nepal. Possibly related also to P. faiostrictus and P. viridis, but not very closely. Race hodgsoni tends towards nominate in Peninsular Malaysia; other forms described include rana (Kumaon to WC Nepal), kutru (Odisha) and intermedius (Myanmar to Indochina), all now included within hodgsoni. Two subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. l. hodgsoni (Bonaparte, 1850) – NW India and Nepal E to S China (W Yunnan), S to E India (Odisha), Bangladesh, Manipur, S Myanmar, C & S Vietnam and N Peninsular Malaysia.
  • P. l. lineatus (Vieillot, 1816) – Java and Bali.
  • Descriptive notes

    25–30 cm; 115–205 g. Large, green and streaky barbet; individual variation in intensity of coloration. Both sexes of nominate race heavily streaked on head, upper... read more


    Song usually with trilled introduction, then series of “poo-tok”, often long, at 40... read more


    Evergreen forest, especially at clearings and edges, also pine forest, teak, sal and deciduous... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diverse fruits, especially figs, those of Grewia, strawberries, in captivity also bananas; flower petals and nectar from species... read more


    Jan–Jul in most areas; Sept–May in Malay Peninsula; Jan–Jul and Sept–Oct in Java and Bali. Territorial, sings much... read more


    Resident and sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Common in Nepal, fairly common locally in India, frequent in Bhutan, locally common in Bangladesh; common in SE Asia. Aggressive and adaptable... read more

    Recommended citation

    Short, L.L. & Horne, J.F.M. (2020). Lineated Barbet (Psilopogon lineatus). 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 18 February 2020).