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Blue-throated Barbet
Blue-throated Barbet
In Kolkata, West Bengal, India.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Clade: Inopinaves
Clade: Afroaves
Clade: Picodynastornithes
Order: Piciformes
Suborder: Pici
Family: Megalaimidae
Genus: Psilopogon
Species: P. asiaticus
Binomial name
Psilopogon asiaticus
(Latham, 1790)

P. a. asiatica
P. a. davisoni
P. a. chersonesus

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Range of P. asiaticus

Cyanops davisoni
Trogon asiaticus[2]
Megalaima asiatica (Latham, 1790)

Blue-throated Barbet (Psilopogon asiaticus) is a species of barbet.

Other names[]

Synonym: Cyanops davisoni; Megalaima asiatica.


A small, green bird with a blue head and throat. It has a red crown and lores, bordered in black, in between the black and red lores, there is a thin tan line. Its tail is green as well. Its beak his ivory (horn-coloured) and the upper mandible is tipped in blackish grey. Its undertail coverts are a bluish-grey. Its eyes are brown.

Similar species[]

It is similar to other members of Psilopogon. It is closely related to Moustached Barbet (Psilopogon incognita)[2], with recordings of mixed pairs between the two[2]. It is also related to Golden-throated Barbet, P. franklinii and Black-browed Barbet, P. oorti.[2]

Forms a superspecies with Mountain Barbet, P. monticola.[2]



It feeds on insects and fruit, like other members of its family.




It is native to Bangladesh; Bhutan; China; India; Lao People's Democratic Republic; Myanmar; Nepal; Pakistan; Thailand; Vietnam.[1]


  1. ^ a b BirdLife International (2012). "Megalaima asiaticus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Blue-throated Barbet (Megalaima asiatica)". The Internet Bird Collection. Retrieved 31 July 2011. 

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