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Subspecies P. v. marshallorum : adult showing full color-range of spectrum in plumage (VIBGYOR)
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Ranikhet, Alt. 6800 ft., Uttarakhand Himalayas, India, April-2018
Psilopogon virens


32–35 cm (12½-13¾ in)

  • Bluish head
  • Body brown and green


Asia: found in China, Tibet, Nepal, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Hong Kong
Southeast Asia: Indochina, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Thailand


Sometimes placed in the genus Megalaima.


Subspecies P. v. clamator
Photo © by robby thai
Doi Phu Hom Pok NP, Thailand, March 2017

There are 4 subspecies[1]

  • P. v. marshallorum:
  • P. v. magnificus:
  • Eastern Nepal to central Assam
  • P. v. clamator (mayri):
  • North-eastern Assam, northern Burma, south-western China (western Yunnan) and north-western Thailand
  • P. v. virens (indochinensis):


Montane groves and light forests with large trees.



A wide variety of fruits berries plums etc, especially fond of figs.


Recording by Alok Tewari
Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh, Altitude 2000 Meter above MSL, India, June-2014
Calling from mixed forest canopy.

Recording by himbird
Palampur, Himachal Pradesh, India


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved July 2014)
  4. BF Member observations

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