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Moustached barbet

Thai: นกโพระดกคอสีฟ้าเคราดำ, nok phoradok kho see faa khrao dam

Binomial name: Psilopogon incognitus, Allan Octavian Hume, 1874

The Moustached Barbet (Megalaima incognita) is an Asian barbet. Barbets are a group of near passerine birds with a world-wide tropical distribution. They get their name from the bristles which fringe their heavy bills.

The Moustached Barbet is a resident breeder in the hills of Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. It is a species of broadleaf evergreen forest from 600–700 m. It nests in a tree hole.

This barbet is 23 cm in length. It is a plump bird, with a short neck, large head and short tail. The bill is dark horn, and the body plumage is green. The adult of the form, M. i. elbeli, which occurs in northern Thailand has a red forehead, green crown with a red spot at the rear, a blue face and throat, and black eyestripe and moustache. The sexes are similar, but the juvenile has a duller, greener head and throat with a narrower moustache..

The other subspecies are nominate M. i. incognita in Myanmar and western Thailand, and M. i. eitroa in southeast Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam.

The male’s territorial call is a repeated loud u’ik-a-ruk u’ik-a-ruk u’ik-a-ruk.

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Scientific classification

Psilopogon incognitus

Common names

  • Thai: นกโพระดกคอสีฟ้าเคราดำ, nok phoradok kho see faa khrao dam


  • Megalaima incognita eitroa

    Range: Southeast Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam.

  • Megalaima incognita elbeli, Herbert Girton Deignan, 1956

    Range: NE & E Thailand, N Laos and N Vietnam.

  • Megalaima incognita euroa, Herbert Girton Deignan, 1939

    Range: SE Thailand, Cambodia, S Laos and S Vietnam.

  • Megalaima incognita incognita (nominate), Allan Octavian Hume, 1874

    Range: Myanmar and western Thailand


  • Cyanops incognita
  • Megalaima incognitus

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Distribution map of Moustached barbet, Psilopogon incognitus in Thailand

Range map of Psilopogon incognitus 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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