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The golden-naped barbet (Psilopogon pulcherrimus) is a member of the family Megalaimidae. It is found in Indonesia and Malaysia, where it is endemic to the island of Borneo.[2] Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forest and subtropical or tropical moist montane forest.

Golden-naped barbet
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Golden-naped barbet from Mt. Kinabalu, Borneo. Malaysia
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Piciformes
Family: Megalaimidae
Genus: Psilopogon
P. pulcherrimus
Binomial name
Psilopogon pulcherrimus
(Sharpe, 1888)

Megalaima pulcherrimus



Medium-sized bird (20-21.5 cm); overall stocky built. Bill- thick and distinctive. Body coloration, primarily green. Wings having darker shade of green compared to underparts. Azure blue on forehead, extending up to nape; blue coloration on throat. Small but distinct yellow nape forms a collar. A distinctive black band from the base of bill to eye. Black pupils. Black mandibles. Greyish green tarsus [3]


Endemic to lowland and montane forests of Borneo. It is presumably a resident species in this region. Most often reported from Mt.Kinabalu and Trus Madi south to Mulu and Murud.[3]

Behaviour and ecologyEdit

Primarily feeds on fruits and berries. Occasionally takes insects like other barbet species. They are often found foraging in the mid-storey layer of the forest and are known to nest in tree cavities.[4]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Psilopogon pulcherrimus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  2. ^ Phillipps, Quentin & Phillipps, Karen (2011). Phillipps’ Field Guide to the Birds of Borneo. Oxford, UK: John Beaufoy Publishing. ISBN 978-1-906780-56-2.
  3. ^ a b Short, L.L. & Horne, J.F.M. (2002). Golden-naped Barbet (Psilopogon pulcherrimus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.) (2014). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 15 March 2015).
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