Family Asian Barbets (Megalaimidae)

Least Concern

Turquoise-throated Barbet (Psilopogon chersonesus)


French: Barbu de Kra German: Türkiskehl-Bartvogel Spanish: Barbudo gorjiazul tailandés

Cyanops asiatica chersonesus

Kloss and Chasen

, 1927,

Khao Luang, Nakawn Sritamarat, 4500 feet [c. 1370 m], Peninsular Thailand


Until recent molecular study#R was considered conspecific with P. asiaticus, but appears to be closest to P. oorti. Differs from P. asiaticus in thick black postocular line (as in P. incognitus) in place of black supercilium above clear blue circumorbital area (3); greatly reduced red nape spot so that blue of mid-crown extends on each side of it adjacent to black postocular mark (red extends to black supercilium in asiaticus) (at least 2); paler turquoise-green chin (almost whitish) and throat (1); less extensive red frons (ns[1]); slightly longer bill (sample size 4 males and 4 females for each taxon; effect size 1.66 vs nominate asiaticus, 2.36 vs subspecies davisoni, which is geographically closer; score 1). Monotypic.

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E peninsular Thailand.

Descriptive notes

22–23 cm. Medium-sized, short-tailed green barbet with blue throat and face. Compared to formerly conspecific P. asiaticus (see Taxonomy comments), the present... read more


No information available, even as to any differences (or not) from P. asiaticus.


Montane evergreen forest, where it has been recorded from 885 m to at least 1520 m.

Food and feeding

No information, but diet and foraging techniques are presumably similar to those of P. asiaticus.


Apparently nothing known, beyond a juvenile collected in late Sept, with wing moult (presumably post-breeding) recorded in late Jun and... read more


Resident, and largely or entirely sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). P. chersonesus has sometimes been considered to be under threat, but it is apparently not uncommon within its very small... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Turquoise-throated Barbet (Psilopogon chersonesus). 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 16 February 2020).