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Photo by RobertShore
North West Bali, October 2016

Alternative Name: Yellow-eared Barbet

Psilopogon australis


16-17 cm (6.3-6.7 inches)



  • Generally duller
  • Head mostly green without pattern and colouring of adults
  • Beak and orbital skin is paler than adult


Asia: Found on Java and Bali (Indonesia)


Sometimes considered conspecific with Blue-eared Barbet.

May be placed in the genus Megalaima.


This is a monotypic species [1].


Primary evergreen forest and forest edge in foothills and lowlands, but may occur in regrowth and patchy forest. Visits plantations, gardens, both bamboo and deciduous forest. Recorded up to 915 m on Bali, increasing to 2000 m on Java



Nothing noted yet, but likely to be similar to Blue-eared Barbet


February to October on Java. No further information at present


Several variable songs include a double "ta-trrrt" to "tu-tuuk" at a rate of between 96 and 132 per minute for seveal minutes at a time, occasionally ending in a pigeon-like oooooo or with solitary notes interspersed, as full single note at 180 notes a minute, a "police whistle" song, a trilling burred "ttirrr.ttirrr", grating noises, a series of "teeow" notes, chittering/chattering notes similar to begging calls, fast trills and piping notes.


Resident and sedentary. Generally territorial. Some post breeding movement occurs to find fruiting food sources, including into habitats not used for breeding.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Gill, F and D Donsker (Eds). 2014. IOC World Bird Names (version 4.4). Available at http://www.worldbirdnames.org/.
  4. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved October 2016)

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