Lineated Barbet

Lineated Barbet Psilopogon lineatus ranges from the Himalayan foothills of India to the Malay Peninsula, with range of hodgsoni just stretching into southern Yunnan. Less tied to dense forest than most other barbets, but like all barbets (and indeed all Piciformes) nests in tree cavities. Feeds mainly on fruit. Has blotchy brown streaks on whitish head and breast. Tail and upperparts green, with some white streaking on mantle; belly pale green. Large yellow eye-ring makes this barbet unlike any other barbet in China; compare green-eared, which lacks eye-ring and has green ear coverts. Bill flesh, with rictal bristles; feet yellow. Penetrating two-note call marks male’s territory. Other call is a long, descending, panicky trill. — 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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