Thai National Parks

Species of Thailand

Red-crowned barbet

Psilopogon rafflesii

René-Primevère Lesson, 1839

In Thai: นกโพระดกหลากสี

The red-crowned barbet (Psilopogon rafflesii) is a species of bird in the family Megalaimidae. It is found in Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, and Thailand. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and plantations. It is threatened by habitat loss.


The red-crowned barbet is medium-large, at 24.5–27 cm (9.6–10.6 in) in length and 99–150 grams (3.5–5.3 ounces) in weight. It is primarily green, with a red crown and spots below the eyes, black and yellow face, and a blue throat and eyebrow. Females resemble males, but are duller.

Feeding habits

The prey of red-crowned barbet include land snails of the genus Amphidromus.

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Category / Seasonal Status

Wiki listed status (concerning Thai population): Rare

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

BCST Seasonal status: Resident or presumed resident

Scientific classification

Psilopogon rafflesii

Common names

  • Thai: นกโพระดกหลากสี

Conservation status

Near Threatened (IUCN3.1)

Near Threatened (IUCN3.1)

Near Threatened (IUCN3.1)

Near Threatened (BirdLife)

Critically Endangered (IUCN3.1)

Critically Endangered (ONEP)

Endangered (IUCN3.1)

Endangered (BCST)


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Red-crowned barbet (megalaima rafflesii)

Range Map

Distribution map of Red-crowned barbet, Psilopogon rafflesii in Thailand
  • Ao Phang-Nga National Park
  • Hala-Bala Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Khao Lak - Lam Ru National Park
  • Khao Luang National Park
  • Khao Phanom Bencha National Park
  • Khao Phra - Bang Khram Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Khao Sok National Park
  • Khuan Khanun District, Phatthalung
  • Ko Tao
  • Mueang Krabi District, Krabi
  • San Kala Khiri National Park
  • Sri Phang-nga National Park
  • Su-ngai Kolok District, Narathiwat
  • Thale Ban National Park
  • Yan Ta Khao District, Trang
Range map of Psilopogon rafflesii in Thailand