Family Asian Barbets (Megalaimidae)

Least Concern

White-cheeked Barbet (Psilopogon viridis)


French: Barbu vert German: Grünbartvogel Spanish: Barbudo cariblanco

Bucco viridis


, 1783,

Mahé, south India


Possibly related, though not very closely, to P. lineatus and P. zeylanicus, also to P. faiostrictus, and other streaky Psilopogon. Monotypic.


W & SW India from SW Madhya Pradesh (R Narbada) S to Palni, Nilgiri Hills, Bangalore area and W Tamil Nadu. Recorded in 2015 from Toranmal Reserve Forest, Maharashtra#R.

Descriptive notes

c. 23 cm; 71–90 g. Green barbet, both sexes having dark brown head with conspicuous white ear-coverts patch and white line above eye; throat white, breast and neck... read more


Song starts with loud trill of c. 1 second, followed by series of double “tu-kowt”... read more


Primary and secondary forest and woodland, including wet deciduous and evergreen, also parks,... read more

Food and feeding

Banyan, pipal, other figs and fruits and berries, including those under cultivation (e.g. coffee); sips nectar; animal food, especially... read more


Dec–Jul (mainly Feb to early Jun), before heaviest monsoon rains; commonly two broods, second started 4–6 days after fledging... read more


Resident and essentially sedentary, dispersing over short distances.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Reasonably common throughout range, and adaptable. Has been reported as being a minor pest in coffee plantations, but recent work... read more

Recommended citation

Short, L.L., Horne, J.F.M. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). White-cheeked Barbet (Psilopogon viridis). 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 25 February 2020).