Family Asian Barbets (Megalaimidae)

Least Concern

Mountain Barbet (Psilopogon monticola)


French: Barbu montagnard German: Borneobartvogel Spanish: Barbudo montano

Cyanops monticola


, 1889,

Mount Kinabalu, Borneo


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.


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


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


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


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


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 on 28 February 2020).