Family Asian Barbets (Megalaimidae)

Least Concern

Mountain Barbet (Psilopogon monticola)


Taxonomy

French: Barbu montagnard German: Borneobartvogel Spanish: Barbudo montano
Taxonomy:

Cyanops monticola

Sharpe

, 1889,

Mount Kinabalu, Borneo

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Formerly considered by some authors a subspecies variously of P. asiaticus and of P. oorti. Recent molecular study#R, however, clearly supports species status for monticola; moreover, these genetic data indicate that it is closely related to P. corvinus and P. chrysopogon. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Mountains of Borneo from Mt Kinabalu S to Kapuas and Kayan Mts.

Descriptive notes

20–22 cm; male 65–110 g, female 83–112 g. Rather small, chunky, green barbet with yellowish throat. Male has forecrown bluish-yellow, hindcrown and nape red... read more

Voice

Song repeated phrases of fast notes, “tu-tu-tu-tu-tuk” to faster “tu-t-t-t-tuk... read more

Habitat

Lower montane and slope dipterocarp forest, also edges, and garden and orchard fruit trees near and... read more

Food and feeding

Diverse fruits, including “lunuk” berries and figs; probably some insects. Forages at all levels, climbing and searching on bark of trunks... read more

Breeding

Very poorly known. Data from specimens indicate season Nov–Jun. No information availa­ble on nest, eggs, incubation, nestling... read more

Movements

Resident and probably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Bornean Mountains EBA. Appears to be quite common and somewhat adaptable, but no details on numbers. Little-... read more

Recommended citation

Short, L.L. & Horne, J.F.M. (2020). Mountain Barbet (Psilopogon monticola). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/56047 on 28 February 2020).