Species of Thailand
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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- Psilopogon franklinii
- 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
Least Concern (IUCN3.1)
- Chiang Dao Wildlife Sanctuary
- Doi Inthanon National Park
- Doi Pha Hom Pok National Park
- Doi Phu Kha National Park
- Doi Saket District, Chiang Mai
- Doi Suthep-Pui National Park
- Kaeng Krachan National Park
- Mae Taeng District, Chiang Mai
- Mae Wong National Park
- Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai
- Nam Nao National Park
- Pa Sang District, Lamphun
- Pha Daeng National Park
- Phu Hin Rong Kla National Park
- Phu Kradueng National Park
- Phu Luang Wildlife Sanctuary
Range map of Psilopogon franklinii in Thailand
Important note; our range maps are based on limited data we have collected. The data is not necessarily accurate or complete.
Special thanks to Ton Smits, Parinya Pawangkhanant, Ian Dugdale and many others for their contribution for range data.
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