Family Asian Barbets (Megalaimidae)

Least Concern

Red-vented Barbet (Psilopogon lagrandieri)


French: Barbu à ventre rouge German: Rotsteiß-Bartvogel Spanish: Barbudo ventrirrojo

Megalaima Lagrandieri

J. P. Verreaux

, 1868,

Baria, Cochinchina


Allied to P. virens, but not particularly closely. Races not particularly well defined. Two subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. l. rothschildi (Delacour, 1927) – N Laos and N Vietnam.
  • P. l. lagrandieri J. P. Verreaux, 1868 – S Laos, E Cambodia and S Vietnam.
  • Descriptive notes

    c. 29–34 cm. Large, green to bronzy-green barbet. Both sexes of nominate race with head mostly brown, greyish on sides and throat, blue line over eye; red undertail-... read more


    Loud song or call of “kyaa”, “kyow” or “yowt” notes, singly, or... read more


    Evergreen and semi-evergreen forest; occurs in lowlands and on forested slopes and ridges, to 2100... read more

    Food and feeding

    Eats fruits such as figs, and insects, but details poorly known. Food carried to nestlings in S Vietnam included fleshy fruits (mainly ... read more


    Data from specimens suggest season Jan–Jul. Male and female of pair probably sing together in territorial formation or maintenance;... read more


    Resident and probably sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Uncommon to common; often one of commonest barbets in its rather limited range, where it appears to be widespread. This species... read more

    Recommended citation

    Short, L.L. & Horne, J.F.M. (2020). Red-vented Barbet (Psilopogon lagrandieri). 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).