Family Asian Barbets (Megalaimidae)

Least Concern

Necklaced Barbet (Psilopogon auricularis)


French: Barbu à gorge d’or German: Goldkehl-Bartvogel Spanish: Barbudo de lazo

Cyanops franklini [sic] auricularis

Robinson and Kloss

, 1919,

Langbian Peaks 5500–6500 feet [c. 1675–1980 m], south Annam


Until recently considered conspecific with P. franklinii, but split proposed on molecular grounds#R supported by morphological evidence: yellow extending down throat onto upper breast, with much more pronounced narrow blackish upper breastband than seen in other taxa, with a bluish lower border (2); white-flecked blackish vs plain greyish-white ear-coverts (2); blue-tinged black vs greyish-white lower submoustachial area (2); slightly smaller size (effect size for wing –2.86) (2). Monotypic.


SE Laos and S Vietnam.

Descriptive notes

c. 22·5 cm. Chunky green barbet often showing blue or even violet tones, especially in wings, with red on forehead and nape, golden on crown and throat. Compared to... read more


Poorly known. Call a hollow “ko-wooo”, repeated regularly; appears inseparable to the human ear... read more


Montane forest, evergreen or moist deciduous, frequently along steep ravines and broken slopes.

Food and feeding

Nothing known, although unlikely to be dissimilar to P. franklinii. One recorded with a cicada in the bill.


Nothing known.


None known.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Global population size unquantified, but the species is reported to be common to locally frequent within its overall range, estimated... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Necklaced Barbet (Psilopogon auricularis). 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).