White-cheeked Barbet Psilopogon viridis Scientific name definitions

Anand Krishnan
Version: 2.0 — Published January 29, 2021


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One of the most common birds, and the characteristic barbet of the evergreen and moist-deciduous forests of peninsular India, occurring from sea level to 1500 m, and up to 1800 m (occasionally 2300 m) in the Nilgiris. Also occurs in woodlands, gardens, groves, plantations, and parks in towns, villages, and the vicinity of human habitation (10). This last may be due to the presence of suitable fruit trees, especially Ficus, which have been planted in many Indian cities (1, 2). This species is particularly common, for instance, in the city of Bengaluru, where it is the most common barbet in parks and wooded areas (AK).

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