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A photo of a Golden-throated Barbet (Psilopogon franklinii)
Golden-throated Barbet

Golden-throated Barbet

Psilopogon franklinii

The Golden-throated Barbet, Psilopogon franklinii, is a striking bird adorned with a palette of vibrant colors. Its upper parts are a vivid green, while the underparts are a softer yellowish-green. The wings are a deep blue, and the tail is a contrasting verditer blue beneath. A dusky black bill, black eye surrounds, a crimson forehead, and a distinctive orange throat complete its colorful ensemble. The legs of this species are a subtle greenish hue. This bird measures between 20.5 and 23.5 cm in length and tips the scales at a weight ranging from 50 to 101 grams.

Identification Tips

When attempting to identify the Golden-throated Barbet, look for its bright green plumage, the orange throat patch, and the crimson on the forehead. The black bill and eye surrounds are also key features. Its size and coloration make it distinguishable from other barbets in its range.


This species is a denizen of tropical and subtropical moist forests, where it can be found at elevations from 900 to 2,700 meters above sea level.


The Golden-throated Barbet is a resident bird found across a swath of Southeast Asia, including Nepal, India, Bhutan, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Laos, Vietnam, and mainland China. Its presence in Bangladesh remains uncertain.


The male Golden-throated Barbet is known for its loud territorial call, which can be described as a resonant "pukwowk," echoing through its forest habitat.

Song & Calls

The territorial call of the male is a distinctive and loud "pukwowk," which is a key auditory cue for birdwatchers to locate this species in the wild.

Conservation status

The Golden-throated Barbet is currently listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List, thanks to its wide distribution and stable population numbers.

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