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Birds of Thailand

Species of Thailand

Green-eared barbet

In Thai: นกโพระดกหูเขียว, nok phoradok hu khiew

Binomial name: Psilopogon faiostrictus, Coenraad Jacob Temminck, 1831

The green-eared barbet (Psilopogon faiostrictus) is an Asian barbet.


The green-eared barbet is 24.5–27 cm in length. It is a plump bird, with a short neck, large head and short tail. The adult has a white-streaked brown head and breast, green ear coverts, mainly dark bill, and green-streaked yellow belly. The rest of the plumage is green. Both sexes and immature birds are similar. This species resembles lineated barbet, but is smaller, has the distinctive green ear patch, a darker bill and a dark, rather than yellow, eye-ring.

Distribution and habitat

The green-eared barbet is a resident breeder in southern China, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam. It inhabits broadleaf evergreen and mixed or open woodlands at up to 900 m elevation.

Behaviour and ecology

It nests in a tree hole. The male's territorial call is a loud took-a-prruk. Another call is a mellow pooouk.

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Scientific classification

Psilopogon faiostrictus

Common names

  • Thai: นกโพระดกหูเขียว, nok phoradok hu khiew


  • Megalaima faiostricta

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Range Map

Distribution map of Green-eared barbet, Psilopogon faiostrictus in Thailand
Range map of Psilopogon faiostrictus in Thailand