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Nominate subspecies
Photo © by johnjemi
Jianfengling NFP, Hainan, China, November 2009
Psilopogon faber

Identification

20–21·5 cm (7¾-8½ in)

  • Green overall plumage
  • Red lores and nape
  • Yellowish-gold throat with blue border
  • Red on breast
  • Black eye stripe and upper malar

Distribution

Subspecies sini
Photo © by Notuswinner
Guangdong, China, 20 June 2019

Southern China including Hainan.

Taxonomy

It was formerly considered to be a subspecies of Black-browed Barbet.
Sometimes placed in the genus Megalaima.

Subspecies

Two subspecies recognized[1]:

  • P. f. sini in southern China (Guangxi)
  • P. f. faber on Hainan

Habitat

Montane evergreen forests at heights over 250 m.

Behaviour

Very little is known about their diet, though it is likely to be similar to Taiwan Barbet and Black-browed Barbet

References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Chinese Barbet (Psilopogon faber). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/467441 on 20 August 2019).

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