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Species of Thailand

Moustached barbet

Psilopogon incognitus

Allan Octavian Hume, 1874

In Thai: นกโพระดกคอสีฟ้าเคราดำ

The moustached barbet (Psilopogon incognitus) 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, P. 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 P. i. incognitus in Myanmar and western Thailand, and P. i. eurous in east 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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Category / Seasonal Status

BCST Category: Recorded in an apparently wild state within the last 50 years

BCST Seasonal status: Resident or presumed resident

Scientific classification

Psilopogon incognitus

Common names

  • Thai: นกโพระดกคอสีฟ้าเคราดำ


  • 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


  • Megalaima incognitus
  • Cyanops incognita

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)


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Moustached barbet
Moustached barbet

Range Map

Distribution map of Moustached barbet, Psilopogon incognitus in Thailand
  • Chiang Dao Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Doi Inthanon National Park
  • Doi Pha Hom Pok National Park
  • Doi Phu Kha National Park
  • Kaeng Krachan National Park
  • Kaset Sombun District, Chaiyaphum
  • Khao Khitchakut National Park
  • Khao Soi Dao Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Khao Yai National Park
  • Khlong Saeng Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Khon San District, Chaiyaphum
  • Ko Chang National Park
  • Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai
  • Nam Nao National Park
  • Namtok Phlio National Park
  • Pang Sida National Park
  • Phu Hin Rong Kla National Park
  • Phu Khiao Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Phu Kradueng National Park
  • Phu Luang Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Phu Suan Sai National Park
  • Sakaerat Environmental Research Station
  • Si Racha District, Chonburi
  • Tat Mok National Park
Range map of Psilopogon incognitus in Thailand