Family Asian Barbets (Megalaimidae)

Near Threatened

Yellow-crowned Barbet (Psilopogon henricii)


French: Barbu à sourcils jaunes German: Gelbscheitel-Bartvogel Spanish: Barbudo coronigualdo

Bucco henricii


, 1831,



Closely related to P. armillaris and P. pulcherrimus (see P. armillaris). Races rather poorly differentiated. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. h. henricii (Temminck, 1831) – S peninsular Thailand S to Sumatra.
  • P. h. brachyrhynchus (Neumann, 1908) – Borneo.
  • Descriptive notes

    21·5–22·5 cm; 65–83 g. Green, sturdy-billed barbet with blue throat and much yellow on crown. Both sexes of nominate race with central hindcrown... read more


    Song usually a long series of phrases, each with 2–7 “tuk” notes preceded by, or... read more


    Mainly lowland dipterocarp forest, also mixed and dipterocarp hill forest; secondary as well as... read more

    Food and feeding

    Eats fruits, mainly figs (Ficus); other foods not known. An individual monitored for four days ranged over 7·5 ha and spent... read more


    Data from specimens indicate season Feb–Aug. Seen at roosting or nesting holes in canopy of trees; reported to excavate nest 9 m... read more


    Resident, thought to be sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Uncommon in Thailand, fairly common in Peninsular Malaysia; seemingly more common in Sumatra and Borneo, but... read more

    Recommended citation

    Short, L.L. & Horne, J.F.M. (2020). Yellow-crowned Barbet (Psilopogon henricii). 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 18 February 2020).