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Species of Thailand

Fire-tufted barbet

Psilopogon pyrolophus

Salomon Müller, 1836

In Thai: นกโพระดกหนวดแดง

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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Category / Seasonal Status

Wiki listed status (concerning Thai population): Accidental

BCST Category: Previously published records questionable owing to possibility of mistaken identification

BCST Seasonal status: Resident or presumed resident

Scientific classification

Psilopogon pyrolophus

Common names

  • Thai: นกโพระดกหนวดแดง

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)


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Fire-tufted barbet (psilopogon pyrolophus)
Fire-tufted barbet

Range Map

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