White-cheeked Barbet Psilopogon viridis
Version: 2.0 — Published January 29, 2021
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Thought to be related to other green, streaky barbets, with which it forms a clade (4). Previously placed in the genus Megalaima, and the family Capitonidae with the other barbets, until phylogenetic studies resulted in the separation of the Megalaimidae from other barbets (5).
No detectable differences between birds from the north and south of range (1).
Closely related to P. flavifrons, which replaces it in Sri Lanka. The two form a clade with other streaked, green barbets, including P. zeylanicus, P. lineatus and P. faiostrictus (4).
Previously placed in the genus Megalaima as Megalaima viridis, until phylogenetic studies found that Psilopogon was embedded within Megalaima. As this name takes priority, Megalaima is now subsumed within Psilopogon (4).