Family Asian Barbets (Megalaimidae)

Least Concern

Yellow-fronted Barbet (Psilopogon flavifrons)


French: Barbu à front d’or German: Goldstirn-Bartvogel Spanish: Barbudo frentigualdo

Bucco flavifrons


, 1816,

Sri Lanka


Affinities uncertain; no known close relatives. Monotypic.


Sri Lanka.

Descriptive notes

21–22 cm; male 57–60 g. Medium-sized green barbet. Both sexes with gold forecrown and front of malar, rest of side of head blue, chin and throat blue; pale... read more


Song somewhat variable series of doub­le “toowo” or triple “too-ka-o”... read more


Most common in SW hill forest, gardens and tree plantations; less common in wet lowland forest, and... read more

Food and feeding

Various fruits and berries, including figs, also guavas and papayas; takes some insects and small lizards.


Probably all year, peaks Mar–May and Aug–Sept. Nest excavated in softwood tree such as Bombax or Doona,... read more


Resident; probably sedentary, but in drier areas may have to leave territory to seek food.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Sri Lanka EBA. Generally common and adaptable. In some areas considered a pest in orchards, causing crop damage... read more

Recommended citation

Short, L.L. & Horne, J.F.M. (2020). Yellow-fronted Barbet (Psilopogon flavifrons). 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 20 February 2020).