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Scientific classification

Barbets are near passerine birds of the order Piciformes. They have a world-wide tropical distribution, but the greatest number of species is found in Africa.

The barbets are plump birds, with short necks and large heads. They get their name from the bristles which fringe their heavy bills. Most species are brightly coloured.

These are arboreal birds which nest in tree holes, laying 2-4 eggs. They eat fruit and insects These birds do not migrate.

This group is related to other Piciformes as below:

Order Piciformes

The last two families are sometimes separated as the order Gabuliformes.

Species list:

  • Family Capitonidae
    • Genus Psilopogon
      • Fire-tufted Barbet, Psilopogon pyrolophus
    • Genus Megalaima
      • Great Barbet, Megalaima virens
      • Red-vented Barbet, Megalaima lagrandieri
      • Brown-headed Barbet, Megalaima zeylanica
      • Lineated Barbet, Megalaima lineata
      • White-cheeked Barbet, Megalaima viridis
      • Green-eared Barbet, Megalaima faiostricta
      • Brown-throated Barbet, Megalaima corvina
      • Gold-whiskered Barbet, Megalaima chrysopogon
      • Red-crowned Barbet, Megalaima rafflesii
      • Red-throated Barbet, Megalaima mystacophanos
      • Black-banded Barbet, Megalaima javensis
      • Yellow-fronted Barbet, Megalaima flavifrons
      • Golden-throated Barbet, Megalaima franklinii
      • Black-browed Barbet, Megalaima oorti
      • Blue-throated Barbet, Megalaima asiatica
      • Mountain Barbet, Megalaima monticola
      • Moustached Barbet, Megalaima incognita
      • Yellow-crowned Barbet, Megalaima henricii
      • Flame-fronted Barbet, Megalaima armillaris
      • Golden-naped Barbet, Megalaima pulcherrima
      • Blue-eared Barbet, Megalaima australis
      • Bornean Barbet, Megalaima eximia
      • Crimson-fronted Barbet, Megalaima rubricapilla
      • Coppersmith Barbet[?], Megalaima haemacephala
    • Genus Calorhamphus
      • Brown Barbet, Calorhamphus fuliginosus
    • Genus Gymnobucco
      • Naked-faced Barbet, Gymnobucco calvus
      • Bristle-nosed Barbet, Gymnobucco peli
      • Sladen's Barbet, Gymnobucco sladeni
      • Gray-throated Barbet, Gymnobucco bonapartei
    • Genus Stactolaema
      • White-eared Barbet, Stactolaema leucotis
      • Anchieta's Barbet, Stactolaema anchietae
      • Whyte's Barbet, Stactolaema whytii
      • Green Barbet, Stactolaema olivacea
    • Genus Pogoniulus , the tinkerbirds[?]
      • Speckled Tinkerbird, Pogoniulus scolopaceus
      • Western Tinkerbird, Pogoniulus coryphaeus
      • Moustached Tinkerbird, Pogoniulus leucomystax
      • Green Tinkerbird, Pogoniulus simplex
      • Red-rumped Tinkerbird, Pogoniulus atroflavus
      • Yellow-throated Tinkerbird, Pogoniulus subsulphureus
      • Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird, Pogoniulus bilineatus
      • White-chested Tinkerbird, Pogoniulus makawai
      • Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird, Pogoniulus chrysoconus
      • Red-fronted Tinkerbird, Pogoniulus pusillus
    • Genus Buccanodon
      • Yellow-spotted Barbet, Buccanodon duchaillui
    • Genus Tricholaema
      • Hairy-breasted Barbet, Tricholaema hirsuta
      • Red-fronted Barbet, Tricholaema diademata
      • Miombo Barbet, Tricholaema frontata
      • Pied Barbet, Tricholaema leucomelas
      • Spot-flanked Barbet, Tricholaema lachrymosa
      • Black-throated Barbet, Tricholaema melanocephala
    • Genus Lybius
      • Banded Barbet, Lybius undatus
      • Vieillot's Barbet, Lybius vieilloti
      • White-headed Barbet, Lybius leucocephalus
      • Chaplin's Barbet, Lybius chaplini
      • Red-faced Barbet, Lybius rubrifacies
      • Black-billed Barbet, Lybius guifsobalito
      • Black-collared Barbet, Lybius torquatus
      • Brown-breasted Barbet, Lybius melanopterus
      • Black-backed Barbet, Lybius minor
      • Double-toothed Barbet, Lybius bidentatus
      • Bearded Barbet[?], Lybius dubius
      • Black-breasted Barbet, Lybius rolleti
    • Genus Trachyphonus
      • Yellow-billed Barbet, Trachyphonus purpuratus
      • Crested Barbet, Trachyphonus vaillantii
      • Yellow-breasted Barbet, Trachyphonus margaritatus
      • Red-and-yellow Barbet, Trachyphonus erythrocephalus
      • D'Arnaud's Barbet, Trachyphonus darnaudii
    • Genus Capito
      • Scarlet-crowned Barbet, Capito aurovirens
      • Scarlet-banded Barbet, Capito wallacei
      • Spot-crowned Barbet, Capito maculicoronatus
      • Orange-fronted Barbet, Capito squamatus
      • White-mantled Barbet, Capito hypoleucus
      • Black-girdled Barbet, Capito dayi
      • Five-colored Barbet, Capito quinticolor
      • Black-spotted Barbet, Capito niger
      • Gilded Barbet, Capito auratus
      • Brown-chested Barbet, Capito brunneipectus
    • Genus Eubucco
      • Lemon-throated Barbet, Eubucco richardsoni
      • Red-headed Barbet, Eubucco bourcierii
      • Scarlet-hooded Barbet, Eubucco tucinkae
      • Versicolored Barbet, Eubucco versicolor
    • Genus Semnornis
      • Toucan Barbet, Semnornis ramphastinus
      • Prong-billed Barbet Semnornis frantzii

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