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Photo by wengchun
Taman Rimba Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, January 2006
Caloramphus hayii

Calorhamphus hayii


Dull brown plumage.


Southeast Asia: found in Indochina, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Malay Peninsula and Sumatra.


Formerly considered conspecific with Brown Barbet.


There are 2 subspecies[1]:

  • C. f. detersus :
  • C. f. hayii:

Subspecies detersus is not recognised by all authorities and included then in hayii.[2]


Lowland to sub-montane forest.



Their diet includes fruit.


They nest in colonies.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2021. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2021. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gill, F and D Donsker (Eds). 2014. IOC World Bird Names (version 4.4). Available at http://www.worldbirdnames.org/.
  3. Avibase

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