Red-crowned Barbet

Scientific Name: Psilopogon rafflesii

Malay Name: Takur Ubun Merah

Chinese Name: 花彩拟啄木鸟

Range: Found from the Thai-Malay Peninsula to Sumatra and Borneo

Taxonomy: Monotypic.

Size: 25-27 cm

Identification: Adult has all green body with large black bill, red crown, blue throat, blue supercilium, black eye-stripe, small yellow neck-patch and small red patch on side of upper breast. Juvenile looks duller with less defined head pattern.

Habitat: Forest and forest edge.

Behaviour/Ecology: Slow-moving and often found in canopy where difficult to observe.

Local Status: Uncommon resident

Conservation Status: Near Threatened (BirdLife International 2017)

Location: Central Catchment Forest, Bukit Timah Nature Reserve and Dairy Farm Nature Park.

Featured articles:


BirdLife International. (2017). Psilopogon rafflesii. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017. Accessed on 1 January 2023

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