Saturday, 30 March 2019

Lineated Barbet (Psilopogon lineatus)

Latin Etymology: Psilopogon ("bare beard") lineatus ("marked with lines")
Adult Lineated Barbet (unknown subspecies at Sungei Buloh, Singapore - February 2019

Featured Subspecies: Unknown - introduced population
Weight: 115-205g  /  Length: 27-28cm  /  Wingspan: ?
NO UK STATUS IUCN Red List: Least Concern

A far more substantial bird than the more common Coppersmith Barbet - the Lineated barbet is an introduced species in Singapore, but is apparently getting more established in forested areas.  Barbets as a family are largely frugivores.  Like their relatives the woodpeckers, they are cavity dwellers which they excavate in trees.

Related Species:
Order: Piciformes
Family: Megalaimidae
Genus: Psilopogon
SUBSPECIES: P. l. hodgoni, P. l. lineatus

 - Sighting Locations -
SINGAPORE - An uncommon introduced resident
 - CAMBODIA/SINGAPORE 2019 TRIP: One at Sungei Buloh

Further Notes: BirdForum Opus, IUCN Red List, RSPB, Wikipedia, Xeno-canto

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