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Blue-eared barbet

Thai: นกโพระดกหน้าผากดำ, nok phoradok naphak dam

Binomial name: Psilopogon duvaucelii, René-Primevère Lesson, 1830

The blue-eared barbet (Megalaima australis) is an Asian barbet. Barbets are a group of near passerine birds with a world-wide tropical distribution. They get their name from the bristles which fringe their heavy bills.

Description

This small barbet is 17–18 cm in length. It is a plump bird, with a short neck, large head and short tail. The bill is dark, and the body plumage is green, but the subspecies have different head patterns. The adult male of the form, M. a. cyanotis, which occurs from northeast India to peninsular Thailand has a black forehead, blue midcrown, ear coverts and throat, red markings above and below the earcoverts, and orange cheeks. The female has a duller head pattern with a more orange tint to the patches above and below the ear coverts, and the juvenile has a green head with some blue on the ear coverts and throat.

The male’s territorial call is a repeated loud ko-tek. Other calls include a whistled pleow.

Distribution and habitat

The blue-eared barbet is a resident breeder in the hills from northeast India east through Southeast Asia to Singapore, Indonesia and Borneo. It is a species of broadleaf evergreen forest, mixed woodland and second growth up to 1525 m altitude. It nests in a tree hole.

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Scientific classification

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Piciformes
Family
Megalaimidae
Genus
Psilopogon
Species
Psilopogon duvaucelii

Common names

  • Thai: นกโพระดกหน้าผากดำ, nok phoradok naphak dam

Subspecies

  • Megalaima australis australis (nominate), Thomas Horsfield, 1821

    Range: Java

  • Megalaima australis cyanea

    Range: Mt. Kinabalu, north Borneo

  • Megalaima australis cyanotis, Edward Blyth, 1847

  • Megalaima australis duvaucelii, René-Primevère Lesson, 1830

    Range: Malaysia, Sumatra, and the lowlands of Borneo

  • Megalaima australis gigantorhina, Harry Church Oberholser, 1912

    Range: Nias Islands, west Sumatra

  • Megalaima australis hebereri

    Range: Bali

  • Megalaima australis invisa

    Range: Northern Thailand

  • Megalaima australis orientalis, Herbert Christopher Robinson, 1915

    Range: Southeast Thailand and Indo-China

  • Megalaima australis stuarti, Herbert Christopher Robinson & Cecil Boden Kloss, 1919

    Range: Western and central Thailand

  • Megalaima australis tanamassa, Rodolphe Meyer de Schauensee, 1929

    Range: Batu Islands, west Sumatra

Synonyms

  • Megalaima duvaucelii
  • Psilopogon cyanotis

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Distribution map of Blue-eared barbet, Psilopogon duvaucelii in Thailand
  • Ao Phang-Nga National Park
  • Ban Bueng District, Chonburi
  • Bang Lamung District, Chonburi
  • Bang Lang National Park
  • Bueng Boraped Non-hunting Area
  • Chae Son National Park
  • Chaloem Phrakiat Thai Prachan National Park
  • Chaloem Rattanakosin National Park
  • Chiang Dao District, Chiang Mai
  • Chiang Dao Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Chiang Saen District, Chiang Rai
  • Doi Inthanon National Park
  • Doi Pha Hom Pok National Park
  • Doi Phu Kha National Park
  • Doi Suthep-Pui National Park
  • Erawan National Park
  • Hala-Bala Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Hat Noppharat Thara - Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park
  • Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Huai Yang Waterfall National Park
  • Kaeng Khoi District, Saraburi
  • Kaeng Krachan District, Phetchaburi
  • Kaeng Krachan National Park
  • Kaeng Krung National Park
  • Khao Ang Rue Nai Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Khao Banthad Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Khao Chong
  • Khao Khiao - Khao Chomphu Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Khao Khitchakut National Park
  • Khao Laem National Park
  • Khao Lak - Lam Ru National Park
  • Khao Luang National Park
  • Khao Nam Khang National Park
  • Khao Nan National Park
  • Khao Phanom Bencha National Park
  • Khao Phra - Bang Khram Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Khao Phra Thaeo Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Khao Pu - Khao Ya National Park
  • Khao Soi Dao Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Khao Sok National Park
  • Khao Yai National Park
  • Khlong Lan National Park
  • Khlong Nakha Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Khlong Phanom National Park
  • Khlong Saeng Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Khon San District, Chaiyaphum
  • Khun Chae National Park
  • Khura Buri District, Phang Nga
  • Kui Buri National Park
  • Mae Moei National Park
  • Mae Ping National Park
  • Mae Wong National Park
  • Mu Ko Chang National Park
  • Muak Lek District, Saraburi
  • Mueang Chanthaburi District, Chanthaburi
  • Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai
  • Mueang Chumphon District, Chumphon
  • Mueang Krabi District, Krabi
  • Mueang Nakhon Nayok District, Nakhon Nayok
  • Mueang Phang Nga District, Phang Nga
  • Mueang Phuket District, Phuket
  • Mueang Rayong District, Rayong
  • Nam Nao National Park
  • Namtok Phlio National Park
  • Ngao Waterfall National Park
  • Ob Khan National Park
  • Pachee River Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Pang Sida National Park
  • Pha Daeng National Park
  • Phato District, Chumphon
  • Phu Foi Lom National Park
  • Phu Hin Rong Kla National Park
  • Phu Khiao Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Phu Kradueng National Park
  • Phu Suan Sai National Park
  • Phu Wiang National Park
  • Sai Yok District, Kanchanaburi
  • Sai Yok National Park
  • Sakaerat Environmental Research Station
  • San Kala Khiri National Park
  • Si Racha District, Chonburi
  • Sirinat National Park
  • Sri Phang-nga National Park
  • Su-ngai Kolok District, Narathiwat
  • Tai Rom Yen National Park
  • Taksin Maharat National Park
  • Takua Pa District, Phang Nga
  • Tha Yang District, Phetchaburi
  • Thalang District, Phuket
  • Thale Ban National Park
  • Thap Lan National Park
  • Thung Salaeng Luang National Park
  • Thung Yai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Ton Nga-Chang Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Ton Pariwat Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Wiang Lo Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Yan Ta Khao District, Trang

Range map of Psilopogon duvaucelii in Thailand

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Special thanks to Ton Smits, Parinya Pawangkhanant, Ian Dugdale and many others for their contribution for range data.

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