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Golden-throated barbet

Thai: นกโพระดกคางเหลือง, nok phōradok khaang leuang

Binomial name: Psilopogon franklinii, Edward Blyth, 1842

The golden-throated barbet (Megalaima franklinii) is an Asian barbet. Barbets are a group of near passerine birds with a worldwide tropical distribution. They get their name from the bristles which fringe their heavy bills.

The golden-throated barbet is a resident breeder in the hills from northeast India east to southwestern China, Malaysia and Vietnam. It is a species of broadleaf evergreen forest from 900–2565 m altitude. It nests in a tree hole.

This barbet is 20.5-23.5 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 northern nominate form has a red and yellow crown, black eyestripe, white lower face neck, and yellow throat. The sexes are similar, but the juvenile is duller with a weaker head pattern.

The male’s territorial call is a very loud pukwowk.

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Scientific classification

Psilopogon franklinii

Common names

  • Thai: นกโพระดกคางเหลือง, nok phōradok khaang leuang


  • Megalaima franklinii auricularis, Herbert Christopher Robinson & Cecil Boden Kloss, 1919

    Range: Found in the highlands of southern and central Cambodia, central Laos and Vietnam. It resembles the nominate form, but has some blue behind the ear coverts.

  • Megalaima franklinii franklinii (nominate), Edward Blyth, 1842

    Range: From India east to northern Laos and southwestern China,

  • Megalaima franklinii minor, Frederick Nutter Chasen & Cecil Boden Kloss, 1926

    Range: Occurs in the mountains of Malaysia. It resembles the nominate form, but has some blue behind the ear coverts.

  • Megalaima franklinii ramsayi, Arthur Hay, A.K.A. Viscount Walden, 1875

    Range: Found in central and eastern Myanmar and northern and western Thailand. It has a grey lower throat and grey-streaked black ear coverts.

  • Megalaima franklinii trangensis, Joseph Harvey Riley, 1934

    Range: Occurs in peninsular Thailand. It resembles the nominate form.


  • Cyanops ramsayi
  • Megalaima franklinii

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Distribution map of Golden-throated barbet, Psilopogon franklinii in Thailand

Range map of Psilopogon franklinii 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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