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


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


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

Southern China including Hainan.


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


Two subspecies recognized[1]:

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


Montane evergreen forests at heights over 250 m.


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


  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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