White-cheeked Barbet Psilopogon viridis Scientific name definitions

Anand Krishnan
Version: 2.0 — Published January 29, 2021


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Endemic to peninsular India. The core of this barbet's range is in the Western Ghats of western and southwestern India and associated hill ranges, including the Nilgiris and Palnis, from Tamil Nadu and Kerala, north through Karnataka, Goa, and Maharashtra up to the Narmada valley in southern Gujarat (Surat Dangs). Occurs eastward to the Shevaroy and Chitteri hills in Tamil Nadu, including the vicinity of Bengaluru, where it is the most common barbet (1). Recently recorded in Toranmal Reserve Forest in the Satpura region, Maharashtra (9), necessitating further review of its distribution in central India.

Historical Changes to the Distribution

No specific information, but has likely expanded in urban areas (e.g., Bengaluru) owing to human planting of fruit trees (2).

Distribution of the White-cheeked Barbet
  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding
Distribution of the White-cheeked Barbet

Recommended Citation

Krishnan, A. (2021). White-cheeked Barbet (Psilopogon viridis), version 2.0. In Birds of the World (T. S. Schulenberg and B. K. Keeney, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.whcbar1.02