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Photo © by See Toh
Bukit Batok Nature Park, Singapore, 29 July 2012
Psilopogon lineatus


25-30 cm (9¾-12 in)
Thick yellow bill, mostly dark brown head and breast with whitish streaks. Bronzed yellow orbital skin, whitish cheeks to throat and streaks in upper mantle.
Juvenile similar to adults.


Photo © by the late Laurence Poh
Friend's garden in Ipoh, Malaysia

India, south-western China, Java, Bali and south-eastern Asia


Sometimes placed in the genus Megalaima.


There are 2 subspecies[1]:

  • P. l. hodgsoni:
  • P. l. lineatus:


Deciduous forest, coastal scrub, plantations



Breeds Sept-May. Nests in excavated tree holes 3-12 m above the ground. Lays 2-4 white eggs.
Male territorial cry is very loud.


They have a very varied diet, mainly consisting of fruit, particularly figs. They will also eat bananas, flowers, nectar, insects, including termites, frogs, nestlings and probably eggs too.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2021. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2021. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/

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