Blue-throated Barbet Psilopogon asiaticus Scientific name definitions

Anand Krishnan
Version: 2.0 — Published April 21, 2023

Conservation and Management

Not globally threatened; evaluated as Least Concern by BirdLife International using IUCN Red List Criteria. A common bird throughout its range, including in Pakistan, where the range may be expanding (26, 52), Nepal, Bhutan, and Bangladesh (1). In India, it is one of the commonest birds in Northeast India, being found in almost all habitats at the appropriate altitude. Its vocalizations are a consistent profile of the acoustic chorus throughout this part of the country (AK). It is also common across southeast Asia, and is the commonest barbet within its southcentral Chinese range (1).

Effects of Human Activity

Habitat Loss and Degradation

In Mizoram, northeast India, this species tends to occur only infrequently in oil plantations and then only where scattered trees are present at the edge of the plantation (31). It may thus be dependent on the presence of suitable fruit trees or gardens in monocultures outside of forested habitat. As far as its preferences for forest types goes, however, it tends to occur in all successional strata of forest, although it is commonest in late successional or primary forests (32); however, another study found increased visitation rates on Ficus drupacea in logged forest (33). In other places, it adapts well to villages and towns wherever gardens and suitable habitat remain (AK). The overall picture is of a species reasonably adaptable to human presence, which is nonetheless most common where trees, and especially fruiting trees, with suitable nesting sites remain.


Conservation Areas

Present in numerous national parks and protected areas across its range, e.g. Corbett, Kedarnath, Kaziranga, Dehing-Patkai, Manas, Mehao, Keibul Lamjao, Nongkhyllem, Eaglenest, and Nameri (India) (AK), Chitwan (Nepal), and Doi Pha Hom Pok, Phu Suan Sai, Nam Nao, and Kaeng Krachan (Thailand).

Conservation Measures and Habitat Management

Information needed.

Recommended Citation

Krishnan, A. (2023). Blue-throated Barbet (Psilopogon asiaticus), version 2.0. In Birds of the World (N. D. Sly, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.bltbar2.02