Species names in all available languages
|English (United States)||Blue-throated Barbet|
|French||Barbu à gorge bleue|
|French (French Guiana)||Barbu à gorge bleue|
|Spanish||Barbudo Gorjiazul Común|
|Spanish (Spain)||Barbudo gorjiazul común|
|Turkish||Mavi Boğazlı Barbet|
Anand Krishnan revised the account as part of a collaboration with Bird Count India. Peter Pyle contributed to the Plumages, Molts, and Structure page. Arnau Bonan Barfull curated the media. JoAnn Hackos, Robin K. Murie, and Daphne R. Walmer copyedited the account.
Psilopogon asiaticus (Latham, 1790)
- asiae / asiatica / asiaticus
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Blue-throated Barbet Psilopogon asiaticus Scientific name definitions
Version: 2.0 — Published April 21, 2023
Diet and Foraging
One of the most common canopy frugivores in many parts of its range, this species remains understudied in many aspects of its life-history.
Microhabitat for Foraging
Primarily a bird of the canopy, the Blue-throated Barbet sometimes descends lower in search of fruit (1).
Food Capture and Consumption
It tends to gather at fruiting trees and is not a shy bird. Some captive specimens swallow dates whole (35). Fruit are removed using the large bill, but are also sometimes eaten by removing pieces when still attached to the tree (AK). Insects may be captured perched, or rarely in flight (AK), as with other barbets (1). The bird bashes large insects against a tree limb before consuming them (1).
Diet includes fruits of Ficus such as Ficus glomerata, Dillenia pulcherrima [= D. aurea] (28), Celtis australis (36) and Ilex umbellulata (37), as well as Ficus drupacea, Talauma hodgsoni [= Magnolia hodgsonii], Litsea sp. and Sterculia villosa (33), flowers of Pistacia integerrima, Butea monosperma and Erythrina variegata (38), and various insect larvae, crickets, mantids and large centipedes (1).
Food Selection and Storage
Captive wild-caught or hand-reared juveniles of the Blue-throated Barbet from the Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden in Chine tend to exhibit a preference for black and red fruits over yellow, green or blue fruits in a choice experiment, possibly because of contrast against the green canopy background (39).
Nutrition and Energetics
Metabolism and Temperature Regulation
Drinking, Pellet-Casting, and Defecation