Lineated Barbet

Scientific Name: Psilopogon lineatus

Malay Name: Takur Kutub Timur

Chinese Name: 斑头绿拟啄木鸟

Range: Found from the Indian subcontinent to Southwest China, mainland Southeast Asia, Java and Bali.

Taxonomy: Polytypic. Subspecies are: hodgsoni, lineatus.

Size: 27-28 cm

Identification: Adult has distinctive yellowish bill, broad yellow orbital skin, mostly brown head and breast with broad whitish streaks, green wings and tail. Juvenile looks similar to adult.

Habitat: Wooded area, forest edge, gardens and parks.

Behaviour/Ecology: Nest in excavated tree-hole 3-12 meters above ground.

Local Status: Very common introduced resident

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

Location: Chinese/Japanese Garden, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Hindhede Park, Bukit Batok Nature Park, Bidadari, Jurong ECO Garden and other suitable wooded areas.

Featured articles:


BirdLife International. (2016). Psilopogon lineatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Accessed on 1 January 2023

Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.

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