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Fire-tufted barbet

In Thai: นกโพระดกหนวดแดง, nok phoradok nuad daeng

Binomial name: Psilopogon pyrolophus, Salomon Müller, 1836

The fire-tufted barbet (Psilopogon pyrolophus) is a species of bird in the Asian barbet family Megalaimidae. It is native to Peninsular Malaysia and Sumatra, where it inhabits tropical moist lowland and montane forests. It has been listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List since 2004.

Its scientific name was proposed by Salomon Müller in 1836, who described a barbet from Sumatra.


The moderately large bird (28 cm), the adult birds are overall green in appearance and have a brownish-maroon nape, grey lores, white band on the forehead, throat green, followed by a bright yellow band before a black band, appearing like a necklace separates the belly. The bill is fawn colored with a black vertical band. Tufts of feathers at the base of beak. Upper tufts fiery orange in males.

Distribution and habitat

The fire-tufted barbet inhabits broad-leaved evergreen montane forests between 1070 and 2010 m on the Malay Peninsula and Sumatra.

Behaviour and ecology

The fire-tufted barbet is a resident bird and feeds on figs, other fruits, arthropods and insects. Its call is very similar to that of cicadas.


The primary threat to this species appears to be illegal capture and trade as a pet.

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Scientific classification

Psilopogon pyrolophus

Common names

  • Thai: นกโพระดกหนวดแดง, nok phoradok nuad daeng

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Range Map

Distribution map of Fire-tufted barbet, Psilopogon pyrolophus in Thailand
  • Hala-Bala Wildlife Sanctuary
Range map of Psilopogon pyrolophus in Thailand