Family Asian Barbets (Megalaimidae)

Least Concern

Moustached Barbet (Psilopogon incognitus)


French: Barbu de Hume German: Grünscheitel-Bartvogel Spanish: Barbudo bigotudo

Megalaima incognita

A. O. Hume

, 1874,

Tenasserim, Myanmar


Closely related to P. asiaticus, with mixed pairing reported in the wild; P. chersonesus (formerly treated as race of latter) somewhat intermediate between the two species, but see below. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. i. incognitus (A. O. Hume, 1874) – S Myanmar (Tenasserim) and W Thailand.
  • P. i. elbeli (Deignan, 1956) – N & E Thailand, N Laos and N Vietnam.
  • P. i. eurous (Deignan, 1939) – SE Thailand, Cambodia, S Laos and S Vietnam.
  • Descriptive notes

    22–23 cm. Medium-sized green barbet with blue cheeks and blue throat divided by black bar. Both sexes of nominate race with green crown, very narrow red forehead patch... read more


    Several songs or variants, main one starts with single “tuk” that shifts into double... read more


    Evergreen monsoon forest and edges, generally at 400–1400 m, less commonly to c. 2000 m;... read more

    Food and feeding

    Fruits of various figs and of other trees, such as Macaranga and Trema; when breeding also insects, including cerambycid... read more


    Few data. Season Dec–Jun. Sings for nine months of year. Cavity excavated in dead tree or branch, at 10–15 m; once in “piccolo... read more


    Resident, and sedentary so far as is known.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Apparently fairly common to common in much of range. Little known. Strictly a forest species, living at altitudes where much clearance occurs; data... read more

    Recommended citation

    Short, L.L. & Horne, J.F.M. (2020). Moustached Barbet (Psilopogon incognitus). 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 26 February 2020).