Family Asian Barbets (Megalaimidae)

Least Concern

Taiwan Barbet (Psilopogon nuchalis)


French: Barbu de Formose German: Taiwanbartvogel Spanish: Barbudo de Formosa

Megalæma [sic] nuchalis


, 1863,



Until recently was treated as conspecific with P. faber, P. annamensis and P. oorti, but differs from all three#R in its lack of bold red square patch on nape (3); reddish smudge on mid-mantle (2); crown (after red forehead) yellowish and shading to turquoise vs uniformly yellowish-green or black crown (2); distinctive voice (at least 1). Split supported on molecular grounds#R#R. Monotypic.



Descriptive notes

c. 21·5 cm; 67–123 g. Montane green barbet with red on lores, yellow-gold throat with blue lower border, red on breast, black stripe over and behind eye and in upper malar... read more


Song of P. nuchalis reported to differ from that of P. faber sini, and from those... read more


Occurs in all types of forest, from sea level, but usually above 300 m, to 2800 m.

Food and feeding

Little known, with most data coming from study of food brought to nestlings in Taipei Botanical Garden. Fruits comprise most of its diet,... read more


Poorly known until recently. Season probably mainly Jun–Aug, but nest excavation (which is mainly undertaken by male) also recorded in Jan... read more


Generally considered to be resident, but upslope post-breeding movement reported.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Fairly common to common, and overall population very crudely estimated at c.10,000–100,000 breeding pairs. Occurs in several protected areas,... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Taiwan Barbet (Psilopogon nuchalis). 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 22 February 2020).