Green-eared Barbet

Green-eared Barbet Psilopogon faiostrictus is common in its almost exclusively Indochinese range, but very rare in China. Race praetermissus reported only in southeastern Guangdong. Has white-streaked brown head like lineated barbet (which is more blotchy), but lacks fat yellow eye-ring of lineated, and has bright green ear patch and dark eye mask, both of which the lineated lacks. Bright green above, paler green with faint dark streaking below; green tail. Bill grey with blackish tip; feet grey. Hollow call of three to four fast notes slightly rising in pitch, loud and constant. — Craig Brelsford

THE ASIAN BARBETS OF CHINA has research on all eight species of Asian barbet in China. Click any link:

Great Barbet Psilopogon virens
Lineated Barbet P. lineatus
Green-eared Barbet P. faiostrictus
Golden-throated Barbet P. franklinii
Chinese Barbet P. faber
Blue-throated Barbet P. asiaticus
Blue-eared Barbet P. cyanotis
Coppersmith Barbet P. haemacephalus

See also:

Taiwan Barbet Psilopogon nuchalis


Daniel Bengtsson served as chief ornithological consultant for Craig Brelsford’s Photographic Field Guide to the Birds of China, from which this species description is drawn.

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